Posts Tagged ‘ ethics ’

Primer on the limitation of current AI

December 7, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep and Columbia's MS in Applied Analytics, discusses an article by Rodney Brooks (MIT) on the future of AI.

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My letter to the New York Times is published

November 6, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep and author of Numbersense, reacts to the New York TImes Magazine article on Amy Cuddy and the power pose research program. He offers a guide to the controversy around the interpretation of data in social psychology experiments.

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Another day, another fake data scandal… This time, it’s Twitter

October 26, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, author of Numbersense and founder of Principal Analytics Prep, sees a crisis of confidence in self-reported non-financial metrics by technology upstarts. He calls for third-party auditing.

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Analysts must reckon with the fake data menace

October 9, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, comments on the fake data and fraud problem in digital advertising, and calls on data scientists and analysts to rise up to the challenge.

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Uber data collection makes news again

August 31, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, the next-gen data analytics bootcamp, discusses ethical issues concerning Uber's collection of user data from smartphone apps.

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Did web scraping just receive a legal boost?

August 15, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep and author of Numbersense, discusses a recent legal ruling against LinkedIn's technologies that restricts web scraping.

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A call for less automation, more transparency in digital advertising

August 8, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep and founding director of Applied Analytics at Columbia, calls for reform in the digital advertising industry to address concerns about measurability and accountability

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Know your data 21: another example of data sleaze, straight from your home

August 1, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep and author of Numbersense, reacts to the news that Roomba captures detailed maps of people's homes.

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Crash course in precision and uncertainty, in advance of that climate debate, free for Mr. Pruitt

July 13, 2017
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Scott Pruitt, the EPA chief, continues to make innumerate comments about his personal views on climate change science. His chief accusation - chanted often - is that we need more "precision". In his view, achieving 100% precision is necessary because it removes all uncertainty, allowing lawmakers to take action. This post is inspired by his latest interview in which he is encouraging a TV debate event to air out the…

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Data bite back: a Harvard lesson

June 7, 2017
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New York Times reports that Harvard rescinded admission offers to 10 students (link). These kids allegedly engaged in horrible behavior on "private" chatrooms online. Not reported is how Harvard admission officers got a hold of such information. Is it possible there are jealous classmates? I am not condoning the bad behavior - I put this link up to remind people: (a) no data are private, not even "deleted" data (b)…

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