Should We Let the Government Leverage Its Data to Enact Better Policy?

When I was in graduate school, we debated the merits of a centralized data store that policy makers could use to make better decisions; ultimately, we decided the risks to privacy outweighed the benefits. Data collected by (ethical) businesses is de-identified, typically by assigning each case with an arbitrary number. Government data isn’t, although as […]

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”. […]