Book Review – Weapons of Math Destruction

By | June 27, 2021

Nearly five years later, Cathy O’Neill’s book has held up well in the fast-moving field of machine learning. Awareness of the risks and real problems with naive algorithm development is much greater than when the book was written, though many, if not most, of the same issues persist. Just like it is harder and more… Read More »

Book Review – Habeas Data

By | March 7, 2021

In Habeas Data, Cyrus Farivar does a fantastic job of recapping many of the key privacy-related court cases over the last century that either served as precedents or are useful background for understanding some of the most important data privacy issues of our time. While the legal jargon can be overwhelming for someone without much… Read More »

Book Review – Human Compatible

By | December 26, 2020

By Stuart  Russell Although it was published several years after Bostrom’s Superintelligence, I recommend reading Human Compatible first. Russell covers similar ground with respect to the problem of control over a superintelligence but in a style that I think most interested readers will find easier to follow and more insightful. If you then want a… Read More »

Book Review – Factfulness

By | April 11, 2020

Given that I was reading Factfulness during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, the book was a pleasant release from the bitter news each day, even though Ebola, tuberculosis, the swine flu, and the Spanish flu play important roles in the book. In chapter ten in the section “The five global risks we should… Read More »

Book Review – AIQ

By | November 12, 2019

AIQ by Nick Polson and James Scott is a book I would have loved to have written. I often give talks to non-engineers on the core ideas behind machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence. It took me many months to refine the material but I think it is possible to convey the core ideas… Read More »

Removing PDF Metadata

By | August 25, 2019

When you export a PDF from Google Slides, metadata for the “Creator” attribute will be set to “Google”. In the Mac Finder, selecting Get Info on the file will show this attribute under More Info, along with a link to the original presentation. This can be handy for you but maybe not something you want… Read More »

Book Review – Everybody Lies

By | February 18, 2018

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a deeply analytical, and yet hilarious, look at what Internet users tell us through their behaviors, as opposed to what they might directly tell us if we asked them. Stephens-Davidowitz digs deep into… Read More »

Book Review – Reinventing American Healthcare

By | January 18, 2018

Reinventing American Healthcare is a pleasurable antidote to the ongoing misinformation about the ACA and the US healthcare system. In Part 1, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel describes in great detail how the American healthcare system has evolved into its current overly complex state, riddled with misaligned incentives. As has happened in other industries, well-intentioned changes resulted… Read More »

Book Review – An American Sickness

By | December 28, 2017

An American Sickness is a meticulously reported book on the troubled US healthcare industry. Rosenthal clearly lays out deeply compelling facts, but the book is much more than that. She weaves in a fantastic collection of her personal stories and those of many others regarding significant impacts on their lives from complex and unjustifiably high… Read More »

No Windows in Evernote

By | December 26, 2017

I recently stumbled upon a fix for a very annoying Evernote issue that caused no windows to display, not even the Preferences window. Hopefully, my solution below helps someone else. After changing my password on a work laptop running Sierra, I finally rebooted after about 10 days. After a long series of prompts indicating different… Read More »