An AI reporter’s favorite books of 2020

The older I get, the more I wish I could stop time so I could read more books. Books that earn my time and attention are those that promise to enrich me as a person and deepen my understanding of AI. This year, I read more than a dozen books, some published in recent months and others in years past, like The Curse of Bigness by Tim Wu, a great read for anyone interested in understanding antitrust, and the novel Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, one of my favorite books of all time.

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How to use MuleSoft to send Slack Notifications when data changes

We all know that building content platforms is hard. You are constantly fighting misinformation, spam, and undesired ads—mostly from bots, the plague of the modern web. Some estimate that two-thirds of links posted on Twitter can come from bots.
So how can you fight them?

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Goldman Sachs leads acquisition of bot mitigation company White Ops

White Ops, a fraud detection platform that protects enterprises and online platforms from automated attacks, announced it has been acquired by Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division, in partnership with ClearSky Security and NightDragon. This news follows an investment the trio made in White Ops in May.

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Explainable AI in practice

There has been quite a bit of debate around black box AI models being applied to real-world problems. Common AI models have become so large and complex, that even the developers and product managers building the thing don’t exactly know what kind of decisions it will make. This has resulted in all sorts of unwanted outcomes and potential severe negative consequences for society.

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