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A $9B AI fail

I’ve been teaching AI for 6 years. One of my favorite examples is house price predictions: I tell students that they need to develop an algorithm to predict the future sale price of a house and ask them to consider what features to use. In the end, I always tell my audience that this is not just an exercise, and there is real business value in this apparently simple machine learning task....

November 12, 2021 · 9 min · Gianluca Mauro

Computers recognize faces better than humans. What are we going to do about it?

Have you ever watched Terminator two, Judgement day? In the 1991 James Cameron classic, a killer robot is sent to the past to kill John Connor, the future leader of the resistance against the future world-dominating robots. I always thought that one of the coolest (and scariest) traits of Terminator was facial recognition. The robot was able to identify its target from miles away, with 100% accuracy. Today we don’t have killer robots, but we do have face recognition that is more accurate than humans....

November 4, 2021 · 7 min · Gianluca Mauro

Facebook's changes name to fight for its freedom ⚔️

Facebook just changed its name to “Meta”. And no, it didn’t do it to drift attention from its PR hell. It’s the first step of a much bigger ambition to change the way we interact. If you’ll reach the end of this post, you’ll know why. Happy reading. Two weeks ago I run a 1.5hrs long deep dive on Facebook. An important topic was iOS14: the iPhone update that prevents apps from tracking users outside of that app....

October 29, 2021 · 3 min · Gianluca Mauro

Apple's real masterpiece 🍎

Feels like I’m holding a magical device that shouldn’t exist. What is this sorcery? LMAO it’s stupid how amazing it is Black. Magic. Fuckery. These are a bunch of comments from one year ago, when Apple introduced their new chip M1. Yesterday Apple announced new Macbooks with pumped-up versions of M1, humiliating everyone else even further. You may not care about chip speeds, but there is some next-level corporate strategy that is worth understanding....

October 20, 2021 · 6 min · Gianluca Mauro

Facebook was down and there's not much to joke about

You’ve probably noticed that two days ago Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp went down. Your experience may have been just mildly annoying if you use Facebook just to procrastinate. But for many others, this was a serious issue. In this post, I want to explain to you how it happened, why it may have happened, and why this is important. Let’s start with how the entire Facebook infrastructure went down. The internet is made of a bunch of connected computers (it’s a “net”)....

October 6, 2021 · 5 min · Gianluca Mauro

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