Towards A Model of Algorithmic Fairness

In 1986, when Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he told the assembled audience, ‘We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never...

The Most Common Vulnerability Of All

Rethinking Email for Privacy and Security Most of the people I know in the world of cybersecurity rightly focus on deeply entrenched matters: server virtualization and containerization, software sandboxing, and helping to train employees to avoid...

Being Nudged by AI

Personal AI (artificial intelligence) assistants are now nearly ubiquitous. Every leading smartphone operating system comes with a personal AI assistant that promises to help you with basic cognitive tasks such as searching, planning, messaging...

Surviving the Second ‘Era of Big Data’

Information is not new and nor is data – of whatever order of magnitude. This is not the first ‘big data’ era but the second. The first was the explosion in data collection that...

The Algorithmic Way of Fairness

As computer calculations are increasingly being used to steer potentially life-changing decisions, scientists are confronting complex questions about what it means to make an algorithm fair. Researchers who work with public agencies to try to...

Freedom from AI: Micro or Macro Domination?

The concept of domination (a concept taken from republican political theory) provides a useful way of understanding and confronting the challenge of the digital panopticon. Republicanism is a rich political and philosophical tradition. Its essential ideas date...

Building A Mental Architecture for AI

A number of scientists and engineers fear that, once we build an artificial intelligence smarter than we are, a form of A.G.I known as artificial general intelligence, doomsday may follow. Bill Gates and Tim...

Investing in Data Analytics to Improve Business Value

The words were uttered, though likely not for the first time, in 1978 by a pathologist named Edwin R. Fisher, and have resonated across the last four decades. “In God we trust,” he told a...

The Universe with AI

Galileo viewed nature as a book written in the language of mathematics and decipherable through physics. His metaphor may have been a stretch for his milieu, but not for ours. Ours is a world...

Evolution of Fintech — A timeline

Finance & technology have been intertwined ever since the start of the modern society. The earliest days of finance hundreds of years ago was in the context of keeping records for things like government...

How to Not Be Creepy While Using Employee Data in Workforce Management

Tech companies (ab)using personal data is today’s 1984. And while Facebook is at the forefront of our outrage, a growing industry in the HR Tech space is also experiencing challenges overcoming the creepiness factor...

An Introduction to Hadoop for Noobs

The client-server model transformed the data industry because it helped break apart overloaded systems, however, client-server models of the 1980s wouldn’t be able to handle the processing required for big data. Along Comes Google.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2LzEvPU4jY As...

Where are the Financial Markets headed?

Usually I do a wrap up of the financial markets at the end of the week, but I am compelled to write something midweek with the U.S. Equities going on a roller coaster ride...