Stephen E. Arnold: The Roots of Common Machine Learning Errors (Which Can Have Catastrophic Consequences)

The Roots of Common Machine Learning Errors It is a big problem when faulty data analysis underpins big decisions or public opinion, and it is happening more often in the age of big data. Data Science Central outlines several “Common Errors in Machine Learning Due to Poor Statistics Knowledge.” Easy to make mistakes? Yep. Easy …

Stephen E. Arnold: Is It Time to Terminate Microsoft?

Phi Beta Iota editor created above title.  Below is original title and an extract. Talking Down: A Specialty of High-Tech? What problems? First, Microsoft has warned 800 million users to install a specific patch in order to avoid terminating with extreme prejudice one’s computer. You can get ore information from the capitalist tool here. Will …

Stephen E. Arnold: MIT Technology Review on Amazon Ubber Alles — The New Deep State?

Meet America’s newest military giant: Amazon The Pentagon’s controversial $10bn JEDI cloud computing deal is one of the most lucrative defense contracts ever. Amazon’s in pole position to win—and its move into the military has been a long time coming. Stephen E. Arnold, a specialist in intelligence and law enforcement software, has used a series …

Stephen E. Arnold: Lies Everywhere, Is the Truth Dead?

Unusual Source, Useful Information I want to give a thumbs up to Cool Smart Phone and its write up “Lies Everywhere. The Truth Is Dead.” The article does a very good job of explaining the basic mechanism for planting misinformation in online channels. Plus the article contains a number of examples. DarkCyber noted this statement …

Stephen E. Arnold: Fake News = Fake Memories = Fake Everything Including Fake Politicians Winning Fake Elections

Thinking about Real News Now that AI has gotten reasonably good at generating fake news, we have a study that emphasizes how dangerous such false articles can be. The Association for Psychological Science reports, “Fake News Can Lead to False Memories.” While the study, from the University College Cork, was performed on Irish citizens ahead …

Stephen E. Arnold: Software Search is Biased, Dangerous, & Stupid

Smart Software but No Mention of Cathy O’Neil Phi Beta Iota: “Smart” software is not smart. It is biased, dangerous, and stupid. Not only does search profer what someone has paid for you to see, and then only from the 1% of the knowledge that is online, but software that “grades” human tests is a …