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Facebook and the Power of Big Data and Greedy Algorithms

In this contributed article, Dr. Chirag Shah, associate professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, highlights how experts say Facebook has the power to squash its competition, steer American politics, and even influence users’ free will. Is Facebook violating the ethical constraints of data collection? Is the algorithm taking on a life of its own?

Book Review: Artificial Intelligence Engines: A Tutorial Introduction to the Mathematics of Deep Learning

We’re seeing a rising number of new books on the mathematics of data science, machine learning, AI and deep learning, which I view as a very positive trend because of the importance for data scientists to understand the theoretical foundations for these technologies. In the coming months, I plan to review a number of these […]

Algorithms: Not Evil, Helpful

INFORMS member Gah-Yi Ban of the London Business School breaks down what algorithms are and how they are useful in a unique talk at a TEDx event. She compares algorithms to evil beings and says it’s a common misconception. Ban helps people understand the role of algorithms in our present lives and how we can shape their role in our future.