Let the caged bird fly? — Elon wants to open Twitter’s algorithm, here’s why it’s a bad idea

So…Elon is actually buying Twitter in the name of “free speech”. Twitter’s algorithm seems to be suspect #1 in Twitter’s alleged censorship problem. Elon’s solution is to make the algorithm open source. I think this idea is not well thought out and can be a disaster. Let’s see three reasons why. 1. AI = software + data. AI algorithms are pieces of software that learn from the data they’re fed with....

April 26, 2022 · 3 min · Gianluca Mauro

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 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

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