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Lessons in AI crisis management

Last week Twitter published an article titled “Sharing learnings about our image cropping algorithm”. In the article they describe their findings about gender and racial biases in their cropping algorithms. These biases have affected hundreds of millions of people using the platform, so let’s try to figure out what happened and how they discovered it. Imagine you want to make a post on Twitter with 3 vertical images. If Twitter showed the images in their full size, your post would take a lot of screen real estate on a mobile device, giving an awful experience....

May 28, 2021 · 6 min · Gianluca Mauro

Elon Musk and Bitcoin - a troubled love story 💔

There’s new drama in Elonland. Let’s recap the last two months of the Elon - Bitcoin love story. Tesla silently buys $1.5B of BTC Musk pumps BTC on twitter (his bio has breefly been “#Bitcoin”) BTC goes to the moon 🚀 Tesla says they bought BTC and they’ll accept BTC payments BTC goes to the stratosphere 🚀🚀🚀 Tesla sells some BTC to pump its quarterly earnings (aka “prove liquidity”) Tesla stops accepting BTC because of “environmental concerns” BTC crashes What....

May 14, 2021 · 3 min · Gianluca Mauro

Successful companies with AI? Here are the challenges and how to approach them

This is an AI-generated translation of an article I published in Italian on Econopoly, the blog from Italian business newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”. “Artificial intelligence is the new electricity. Just as electricity did 100 years ago, AI will revolutionize every industry “ - Andrew Ng (co-founder of Coursera, former director of Google Brain). It is easy to get caught up in imagination and optimism by reading phrases like this....

April 28, 2021 · 9 min · Gianluca Mauro

So AI can read a monkey's brain?

Notice: the joystick is unplugged This week I’ve seen a video of a monkey controlling a computer with its mind. It was a demo of the state of advancement of Neuralink’s technology - the company founded by Elon Musk to develop brain-computer interfaces. Here’s how it works: a monkey with some Neuralink sensors implanted in its brain is playing a videogame through a joystick. The sensors record electric activity in the brain and stream it wirelessly to a computer, which is also receiving data from the joystick....

April 16, 2021 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

Facebook doesn't care about your data. Its AI does.

This week, I started making Facebook ads to promote my new course AI expert (you may be here because of it - in that case, welcome!). It was a while since I last played with FB’s ad manager, so I was welcomed with a bunch of new privacy-related updates. I ended up on an interesting journey to research the current status of web tracking, data privacy, and how AI glues all of this together....

March 12, 2021 · 6 min · Gianluca Mauro

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