How to make your data project ethical by design

Man holding a light bulb

Data is the lifeblood of companies today. Not only does day-to-day functioning rely on a constant feed of data about every aspect of operations, it’s becoming increasingly clear that with enough data and the right analysis, previously intractable problems can be solved and processes improved. It should come as no surprise that data science is currently ranked #2 on Glassdoor’s 2021 list of best jobs in the US (and has been #1 for 4 of the past 6 years).

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Understanding the ubiquitous nature of Uncertainty through the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is an idea from quantum physics that states you can never simultaneously know the exact position and exact momentum of an object. It proclaims that the more certain we become of an object’s position, the less certain we become of its momentum and vice versa.

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Helen Keller, thinking tools, and the future of AI

Future of Humans and AI

Helen Keller was born a healthy baby on 27 July 1880. When she was nineteen months old, an unknown illness made her deaf and blind. The next five years were full of frustrations. Helen wrote that she could not “truly remember emotions [but] had tactual memory of shedding tears, screaming, kicking, and other acts which indicate feeling. Yet in no case can I recall emotions as such.”

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The dark side of Data Science

As I discuss in my article “Myths of Modelling: Data Speak”, Positivism — and, by association, its mythical beliefs — had been pretty thoroughly discredited by the 1960s. Unfortunately, as if often the case in the history of ideas, the counter-revolution over-compensated. Where the early revolutionaries would loosen the chains of narrow empiricism and open up for a more enlightened dialogue between hypotheses and the data that inspire and regulate them, the next generation would throw empiricism out all together. In the ensuing vacuity of common sense, practitioners had little choice but to crawl back to frameworks steeped in positivism.

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A Taco with a Book in a Night, in the Style of Edward Hopper or Imagination in Machines According…

Recently an algorithm called The Big Sleep (Murdock, 2020) was released, which generates images from texts; that is, if someone writes, as in my case, A Taco with a book in a night city in the style of Edward Hopper, it will give as output an interpretation of that text. This algorithm by the artist Ryan Murdock shows similarities with the Open IA program Dall.E, which creates an image from text, using the GPT-3 model.

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The Artificial Intelligence equation

Nothing in this world made by humans would function properly without surviving the trial and error process. Technology may have it’s marvels, the internet, handheld computers, spaceships, and many many other marvelous inventions from the past 150 years of industrial innovation, but they were all born from countless failures which eventually led to success.

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