A $50.000/year streaming service

Harvard University announced that next academic year will be 100% online. And the tuition won’t be a dime cheaper. Why does it matter? I don’t want to question the worthiness of such an investment. Yet, I can’t help but wonder if you’ll loose some of your returns by switching from the Harvard University halls to your web browser. When you give $50.000 to a University like Harvard, you’re paying for a bunch of stuff....

July 10, 2020 · 2 min · Gianluca Mauro

The future of AI jobs is already here.

When I started helping people understand AI, I had a clear vision in mind. This week I had a phone call that confirmed that vision is closer than ever to become reality. Let me talk about my vision first. When I lived In Silicon Valley, I met people that used AI to solve problems that couldn’t be solve in any other way. Machine translation, personalised medicine, autonomous cars…AI seemed a tool too powerful to ignore....

June 26, 2020 · 3 min · Gianluca Mauro

Machines are dumb. And so are we.

Yep, I said it. Modern AI is dumber than we may perceive. But humans are as well. This week I had an interesting conversation around intelligence. It originated from a thought expressed in Nassim Taleb’s book “Fooled By Randomness”. In his book, Nassim proposes the introduction of a “Reverse Turing Test”. A Turing test labels a machine is “intelligent” if it can be mistaken for a human. In the reverse Turing test, a human is “unintelligent” if a machine can replicate his/her writing....

May 22, 2020 · 3 min · Gianluca Mauro

Heavy Metal, Jazz and AI careers.

I love heavy metal. I spent most of my teenage years in my room, practicing on my guitar Metallica’s songs. I had to play as fast and hard as them. When I was 17, my family moved to another town and I had to change guitar teacher. By that time, I was able to play every Metallica song I wanted. I thought that it was enough to make me a great guitar player, but my new teacher Claudio didn’t agree with me....

May 14, 2020 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

Learning the foreign language of AI - the 4 levels of AI understanding.

I’ve lived outside of my home country for 5 years. That means that for 5 years I’ve bought groceries, asked for directions, made friends, argued, dated and a bunch of other stuff in a language that is not my mother tongue. Not speaking your mother tongue can be hard and scary. Try chopping vegetables with your non-dominant hand. It feels weird, right? That’s more or less how it can feel to deal with some aspects of life in a language that is not yours....

May 7, 2020 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

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