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House Hunters International is great guilty-pleasure viewing, especially while nursing a cold or avoiding the plague. (Pro: Insider views of interesting cities. Con: Reminders of the unique pain of choosing a place to live.) It’s easy to add city center, natural light, and extra bedrooms to your wish list, but painful to accept the inevitable...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has announced the military’s five ethical principles for AI use. The devil will definitely be in the details because the guidelines are mostly a statement of values. But I already have concerns. Allow me to explain. Can ethical guidelines make AI GRRET again? I’ve acronymized the five principles as GRRET: “Governable....
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To cut through AI complexity, focus on decisions. Never has it been more important to effectively explain complex concepts. Technology is influencing most decision processes, not always transparently so. On the bumpy road toward explainable AI (XAI), we find great communication options, from printed materials to state-of-the-art experiences. But where do you start, or know...
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I’ll be at VentureBeat’s Transform AI conference July 10-11 in San Francisco. Let me know if you’re attending; would be great to meet. -Tracy It’s not always easy staying on the AI bandwagon. Claims of algorithmic bias abound and (mis)applications threaten people’s trust. Not everyone wants their face recognized or their driver’s license scanned. Developers...
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Since my work is about humans+AI deciding together, I attended DAAG 2019 in beautiful downtown Denver, exploring the “intersection of decision analysis and data science to take decision-making to the next level.” The intent was for decision analysts to better understand data science and “support data-centric decision-making” while data scientists could better “guide the use...
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As data complexity grows, so does the importance of explaining. The philosophy of science can teach us about the role of explaining in high-quality, evidence-based decisions. It’s not just navel-gazing: An explanation is a statement that makes something clear, or a reason or justification given for an action or belief. It describes “a set of...
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1. Machines Gone Wild → Digital trust gapLast year I spoke with the CEO of a smallish healthcare firm. He had not embraced sophisticated analytics or machine-made decision making, with no comfort level for ‘what information he could believe’. He did, however, trust the CFO’s recommendations. Evidently, these sentiments are widely shared. — Tracy A...
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Museum musings.

Pondering the places where people interact with artificial intelligence: Collaboration on evidence-based decision-making, automation of data-driven processes, machine learning, things like that.

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19 August 2021
How to blame a robot for mistakes: Do your finger pointing properly.
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9 April 2020
Deciding while distancing: From data viz to the hard decisions.
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26 February 2020
Will military ethics principles make AI GRRET again?
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30 January 2020
Struggling to explain AI? Try this before|after strategy.
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8 July 2019
Can we explain AI with experiential? I say yes.