Entries by dvschwab

The Ethical Minefields of Technology

I whole-heartedly agree with the author that we need to seriously consider the ethical implications of all this new technology, especially when the window in which someone can “opt-out” of adopting it keeps shrinking. Personally, I’m not interested in owning a self-driving car–I actually like the experience of driving–but eventually, I’m not going to have […]

What Statistics Can Learn From Data Science (and Vice Versa)

Since its inception around the turn of the 20th century, researchers have used classical statistics to analyze data sets. In general, the focus has been on analyzing a sample of the data, then generalizing the findings to the entire population. This was born of necessity, as until very recently, the technology hasn’t existed to allow […]

Artificial Intelligence and Organizational Change

Here is an interesting take on the evolving distribution of work between humans and artificial intelligence. We need to begin dealing with AI as an actual form of intelligence, of a different nature than ours, and with its own strengths and weaknesses. True, machines may not actually think (yet), but for specialized tasks such as […]

Why We Will Continue to See Catastrophic Software Failures

This article does a good job summarizing why catastrophic software failures are inevitable given our current development practices. There’s an old engineering maxim that once a system becomes sufficiently complex, it will eventually fail no matter how much testing you do. This is why critical systems, such as medical equipment, are designed to “fail safe”. […]

Machine Learning: Is “Off-the-Shelf” Software Enough?

As more and more businesses use machine learning to inform their decisions, I’m often asked whether”off-the-shelf” software can really take the place of custom solutions. To answer this, it’s important to distinguish between software that analyzes the data (e.g. estimates a decision tree, or other machine learning model) and software that attempts to interpret the […]