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System that replaces human intuition with algorithms outperforms human teams


MIT researchers aim to take the human element out of big-data analysis, with a new system that not only searches for patterns but designs the feature set, too. To test the first prototype of their system, they enrolled it in three data science competitions, in which it competed against human teams to find predictive patterns in unfamiliar data sets. Of the 906 teams participating in the three competitions, the researchers’ “Data Science Machine” finished ahead of 615.

What Google executive Schmidt gets right, wrong about future of artificial intelligence


Moreover, Schmidt mentions AI legend Geoff Hinton _ one of the people that he cites as an inspiration for Google’s current AI initiatives _ but doesn’t mention the legendary Ray Kurzweil, who was recruited by Google to work on AI projects. He alludes to Google’s Gmail, but doesn’t mention DeepMind, even though DeepMind is now teaching machines how to read.

Are those intentional or unintentional oversights? Sometimes the biggest clues are from what’s not mentioned, not what’s mentioned.

In China, credit score is now affected by friends’ activism


But the kicker is that if any of your friends do this — publish opinions without prior permission, or report accurate but embarrassing news — your score will also deteriorate. And this will have a direct impact on your quality of life.

“Sesame Credit, however, also uses other data to calculate the scores, such as a person’s hobbies, interaction with friends, shopping habits and lifestyle.” — Quote from China Daily Asia

The KGB and the Stasi’s method of preventing dissent from taking hold was to plant so-called agents provocateurs in the general population, people who tried to make people agree with dissent, but who actually were after arresting them as soon as they agreed with such dissent. As a result, nobody would dare agree that the government did anything bad, and this was very effective in preventing any large-scale resistance from taking hold. The Chinese way here is much more subtle, but probably more effective still.