Oct 15, 2019

Machine learning can't flag false news, new studies show

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The hidden costs of AI

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

In the most exclusive AI conferences and journals, AI systems are judged largely on their accuracy: How well do they stack up against human-level translation or vision or speech?

Yes, but: In the messy real world, even the most accurate programs can stumble and break. Considerations that matter little in the lab, like reliability or computing and environmental costs, are huge hurdles for businesses.

Go deeperArrowOct 26, 2019

In AI we trust — too much

AI systems intended to help people make tough choices — like prescribing the right drug or setting the length of a prison sentence — can instead end up effectively making those choices for them, thanks to human faith in machines.

How it works: These programs generally offer new information or a few options meant to help a human decision-maker choose more wisely. But an overworked or overly trusting person can fall into a rubber-stamping role, unquestioningly following algorithmic advice.

Go deeperArrowOct 19, 2019

Analytics company Databricks raises $400 million in Series F

Databricks, a San Francisco-based data analytics SaaS company, raised $400 million in Series F funding led by Andreessen Horowitz at a $6.2 billion valuation.

Why it matters: Because this one can legitimately lay claim to all the hottest enterprise software buzzwords, from open-source to machine learning to cloud.

Go deeperArrowOct 23, 2019