Over at Wired, a headline blares "Artificial Intelligence Is Now Telling Doctors How To Treat You." Sounds unique, novel, and even scary. Those AIs are replacing humans, to the point where even the detailed knowledge of the physician is superseded by a Dr. HAL! The article talks about Modernizing Medicine database and IBM's Watson supercomputer. One big problem with that … [Read more...] about MYCIN, Watson, and AI History
A recent BBC article asks the provocative question: can computers replace historians? But here is the biggest claim so far - crunching through the big data of history can help us spot patterns and work out where the world is heading next. That is what Kalev Leetaru, a data scientist at Washington's Georgetown University, believes may be possible. Using a tool called Google Big … [Read more...] about Computers and History: Beyond Science Fiction
By now, readers will likely have caught themselves up with the twists and turns of Newsweek's apparently ill-fated hunt for the real Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudoanonymous brain behind bitcoin. I point readers to financial analyst Felix Salmon's blog on the subject for a good overview of the tortured investigation process and its various ambiguities: One way to look at this … [Read more...] about Encyclopedia Dramatica And The Case Of The Satoshi Paradox
CTOs and analysts of all stripes know that understanding the problem they are trying to solve should precede selecting analytical tools. Yet this is far more difficult than it seems, particularly as the variety of problems we come across multiply. One of the major stumbling blocks for analysis in particular is terminological fuzziness. We often (wrongly) treat terms like … [Read more...] about Analysts, Tools, and Complexity
Army officers and writers Crispin Burke, Niel Smith, and James King have a fascinating piece on the DCGS-A (Distributed Common Ground System-Army) contretemps. It rightly goes beyond blame and finger-pointing. Let me lay my own bias out front -- Palantir is a fantastic company, there also many amazing and hard-working military tech people, and Rep. Duncan Hunter's frustrations … [Read more...] about Sudo Apt-Get Install Army: Should Army Analyst Have The Power To Mod Their Analytical Tools?
Editor's note: This article was first published on Analyst One, a site focused on analysts and topics of interest to the analytical community.-bg There are two basic truths of social science that technologists scanning the news in recent weeks may appreciate. First, despite arguments about the rise and fall of the state, most countries are considerably less orderly and … [Read more...] about From Crowdsourced Militias to Dread Bitcoin Pirates
Editor's note: This article was first published on Analyst One, a site focused on analysts and topics of interest to the analytical community.-bg Eminent network scientist Laszlo Barabasi recently penned an op-ed calling on fellow scientists to spearhead the ethical use of big data. Comparing big data to the atom bomb, Barabasi persuasively argued that the technology and … [Read more...] about Big Data = Dropping the Big One?