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The Nuances of AI

This week, we wrap up our exploration of artificial intelligence in the last of our three part series. 


Understanding the Pros & Cons of Artificial Intelligence

For the past two weeks Dr. Steve Poulin has discussed artificial intelligence - what is it and how does it work.  This week, he discusses the pros and cons, some of which you'd never guess.

An Unlikely Source

Shocker - training cars to drive themselves is hard. One huge limit to this is that there are just so many hours in a day, but an endless number of scenarios to train on. How have researchers solved this problem? The answer comes from an unlikely source...
Grand Theft Auto.



Embarrassingly bad word play aside, we're always excited to see creative uses of artificial intelligence. The team at IDEO wanted to better understand the relationship between different fonts. They put together this interactive map to explore the relations visually. Check out how they did it on Medium.


Microsoft's Third Cloud

What if you could save a sales deal just through the power of AI. Microsoft aims to do just that as it continues integrating LinkedIn into its services. This is the first step of many as the company aims "to have all products take advantage of a common set of business data that can be mined for new insights with artificial intelligence."



Certain songs just seem to capture the sound of a decade. They become time capsules of an era. Those songs are rarely the most popular song when they are released, though. Using Spotify's expansive data about listening preferences, Pudding.cool built an interactive exploration of songs that become timeless. Very cool.


A Twitter Goldmine

Looking at Twitter data is like taking a peak behind the curtain of society. There is so much rich content to absorb and analyze. In 2013 Jon Bruner wrote an article exploring a corpus of 400,000 tweets. This week he open sourced this corpus for analysis by the general public. This is a veritable Twitter goldmine.

AuthorRyan Harrington