Machine Learning Links

The past couple of days, I read a couple long articles about some issues surrounding machine learning:1

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
“No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.” From MIT Technology Review.
Alien Knowledge — When Machines Justify Knowledge
I like the original title better: “Our machines now have knowledge we’ll never understand.”
Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse
“You’d think that anytime Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates are all raising the same warning about A.I.–as all of them are–it would be a 10-alarm fire.”


Update. Before you assume I think machine learning is all doom and gloom, rest assured. I don’t.

Can machine-learning improve cardiovascular risk prediction using routine clinical data?
One example of where Betteridge’s law of headlines fails.

  1. Image from @swiftonsecurity on Tumblr. 

A street view of Park Avenue West

“The top floor is $3 million, the middle $2 million, and the bottom, $1 million,” said the man selling Street Roots cater-corner1 from the grand entrance of Portland’s new Park Avenue West building.2 “I don’t know what I’d do with a million dollar studio.”

I had to agree.

  1. Wow! So many alternative spellings and pronunciations. Choose the one you like. To be honest, I grew up calling this kitty corner. 
  2. I like downtown Portland — the people, the energy, and the buildings. But I’m not comfortable taking pictures of people I don’t know. I guess that means I’m not a street photographer. Buildings are another matter. I like their lines, the textures and reflections on their surfaces, and the geometric shapes they form. 

Mom’s view

For a little more than a week, I’ve been walking daily with my dad at a nearby neighborhood park. We shoot the breeze, count the geese, and time our steps. Today the weather was so nice we decided to lengthen our route to the park’s eastern perimeter.

As we walked, my dad said, “We’re coming up to mom’s favorite spot.” I was noticing the flowering trees to the right and wondered if they were it, but we walked right on by. Then I saw a bench up ahead to the right of the path. This was her spot — and this is the view.

I have to agree with mom — this is a special place. :-)