In this episode of Talking Machines we take a listen to Professor Engelhardt's TedX Boston talk, Not What But Why: Machine Learning for Understanding Genomics
In episode twelve of season five we bring you a rundown of Data Science Africa's latest workshop answer a listener question about what got us excited at ICML and hear the first part of our conversation with Michael Melese from Addis Ababa University and Charles Saidu of Baze University Abuja
In episode ten of season five we talk about reproducibility, take a listener question on re understanding the history of the field given where we are now and how other fields are reviewing their own history and listen to a conversation with Graham Taylor of the Vector Institute.
In episode six of season five we talk about Richard Sutton's A Bitter Lesson. Chat about IEEE's new Ethical Guidelines and talk with Andrew Beam Senior Fellownn at Flagship Pioneering, Head of Machine Learning for Flagship VL57 and Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Here are some of the papers we got to chat about! Also, VL57 is hiring!
Adversarial attacks on Medical ML Science paper
Finlayson, S.G., Bowers, J.D., Ito, J., Zittrain, J.L., Beam, A.L. and Kohane, I.S., 2019. Adversarial attacks on medical machine learning. Science, 363(6433), pp.1287-1289.
Beam, A.L. and Kohane, I.S., 2016. Translating artificial intelligence into clinical care. Jama, 316(22), pp.2368-2369.
Beam, A.L. and Kohane, I.S., 2018. Big data and machine learning in health care. Jama, 319(13), pp.1317-1318.
Opportunities in machine learning for healthcare:
Ghassemi, M., Naumann, T., Schulam, P., Beam, A.L. and Ranganath, R., 2018. Opportunities in machine learning for healthcare. arXiv preprint arXiv:1806.00388.
In episode four of season five we talk about Jupyter Notebooks and Neil's dream of a world craft software and devices, we take a listener question about the conversation surrounding Open AI's GPT-2 its announcement and the coverage and we hear an interview with Brooks Paige of the Alan Turing Instiute
Here are Neil's five papers. What are yours?
Stochastic variational inference by Hoffman, Wang, Blei and Paisley
A way of doing approximate inference for probabilistic models with potentially billions of data ... need I say more?
Austerity in MCMC Land: Cutting the Metropolis Hastings by Korattikara, Chen and Welling
Oh ... I do need to say more ... because these three are at it as well but from the sampling perspective. Probabilistic models for big data ... an idea so important it needed to be in the list twice.
Practical Bayesian Optimization of Machine Learning Algorithms by Snoek, Larochelle and Adams
This paper represents the rise in probabilistic numerics, I could also have chosen papers by Osborne, Hennig or others. There are too many papers out there already. Definitely an exciting area, be it optimisation, integration, differential equations. I chose this paper because it seems to have blown the field open to a wider audience, focussing as it did on deep learning as an application, so it let's me capture both an area of developing interest and an area that hits the national news.
Kernel Bayes Rule by Fukumizu, Song, Gretton
One of the great things about ML is how we have different (and competing) philosophies operating under the same roof. But because we still talk to each other (and sometimes even listen to each other) these ideas can merge to create new and interesting things. Kernel Bayes Rule makes the list.
An obvious choice, but you don't leave the Beatles off lists of great bands just because they are an obvious choice.
In episode twenty one of season four we talk about distributed intelligence systems (mainly those internal to humans), talk about what were excited to see at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems and in advance of our trek to Canada we chat with Garth Gibson president and CEO of the Vector Institute.
In episode 18 of season four we talk about systems design, (remember the 3 d's!), tools for transparency and fairness and we talk with Adria Gascon of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK?s national institute for data science and AI.
In season four episode eleven we talk about the possibility of the NIPS conference changing its name, what to do at ICML, And we talk with Bernhard Schölkopf.
In episode 10 of season 4 we chat about Counterfactual Explanations without Opening the Black Box: Automated Decisions and the GDPR, take a listener question about how reviews of papers work at NIPS and we hear from Sven Strohband, CTO of Khosla Ventures.
In episode 9 of season 4 we talk about the Statement on Nature Machine Intelligence. We reached out to Nature for a statement on the statement and received the following:
?At Springer Nature we are very clear in our mission to advance discovery and help researchers share their work. Having an extensive, and growing, open access portfolio is one important way we do this but it is important to remember that while open access has been around for 20 years now it still only accounts for a small percentage of overall global research output with demand for subscription content remaining high. This is because the move to open access is complex, and for many, simply not a viable option.
Nature Machine Intelligence is a new subscription journal that aims to stimulate cross-disciplinary interactions, reach broad audiences and explore the impact that AI research has on other fields by publishing high-quality research, reviews and commentary on machine learning, robotics and AI. It involves substantial editorial development, offers high levels of author service and publishes informative, accessible content beyond primary research all of which requires considerable investment. At present, we believe that the fairest way of producing highly selective journals like this one and ensuring their long-term sustainability as a resource for the widest possible community, is to spread these costs among many readers ? instead of having them borne by a few authors.
We also offer multiple open access options for AI authors. We already publish AI papers in Scientific Reports and Nature Communications, which are the largest open access journal in the world and the most cited open access journal respectively. We offer hybrid publishing options and are set to launch a new AI multidisciplinary, open access journal later this year.
We help all researchers to freely share their discoveries by encouraging preprint posting and data- and code-sharing and continue to extend access to all Nature journals in various ways, including our free SharedIt content-sharing initiative, which provides authors and subscribers with shareable links to view-only versions of published papers.?
We also get a chance to talk with Maithra Raghu from the Google Brain team about her work.
In episode eight of season four we review some recently published articles by Michael Jordan and Rodney Brooks (for more reading along these lines, Tom Dettriech is a great person to follow), we recommend some further reading, and talk with Arthur Gretton who was part of the team behind one of the Best Papers at NIPS 2017
In episode seven of season four we chat about Ellis and the UK AI Sector Deal , we take a listener question about the next AI winter and if/when it is coming, plus we hear from Christina Colclough Director of Platform and Agency Workers, Digitalization and Trade UNI Global Union.
In episode five of season four we talk about the GDPR or as we like to think of it Good Data Practice Rules. (If you actually read it, you move to expert level!) We take a listener question about the power of approximate inference, and we hear from our guest Andrew Blake of The Alan Turing Institute.
In episode four of season four we talk more about natural an artificial intelligences and thinking about diversity in systems. Reading Can a Biologist Fix a Radio is a great paper around these ideas. We take a listener question about moving into machine learning after having advanced training in a different program. Our guest on this episode is our second second time guest Peter Donnelly, Professor of Statistical Science at the University of Oxford, Director of the Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics and a Fellow of the Royal Society.
In season four episode three of Talking Machines we chat about Neil?s recent thinking (definitely not work) on the core differences between natural intelligence and machine intelligence, he recently wrote blog post on the subject and in the fall of 2017 he gave a TedX talk about the topic. We also take a listener question about what maths you should take to get into building ML tools. Our guests this week are Moshe Vardi, Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University and Margaret Levi Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences(CASBS) at Stanford and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. They co-organized a symposium put on by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society about the future of work. We got a chance to speak to both of them about their work and the event.
In episode two of season four we're proud to bring you the second annual "Hosts of Talking Machine's Episode"! Ryan and Neil chat about Ali Rahimi's speech at NIPS-17, Kate Crawford's talk The Trouble with Bias, and much more.
We also get to hear a conversation with Ciira wa Maina, lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri Kenya
On this episode of Talking Machines we take a break from our regular format to talk about the ?code review of community culture? that the AI, ML, Stats and Computer Science fields in general need to undergo.
In a blog post, that was put up shortly after NIPS, researcher Kristian Lum outlined several instances of sexual harassment and abuse of power. In her post she mentioned Brad Carlin and a person who she referred to as S. We learned in reporting done by Bloomberg that S was Steven Scott, who was at Google.
As of this posing Carlin is under investigation and Scott has left Google after being suspended.
Today we pause in our regular format to talk about how we, as a community, can change.
Full disclosure: Neil and Katherine served as press chairs for NIPS 2017. They will hold the same post for ICML 2018 and NIPS 2018 and are working along with the other organizers of these events to effect change around these issues.
In episode ten of season three we talk about the rate of change (prompted by Tim Harford), take a listener question about the power of kernels, and talk with Peter Donnelly in his capacity with the Royal Society's Machine Learning Working Group about the work they've done on the public's views on AI and ML.
In episode nine of season three we chat about the difference between models and algorithms, take a listener question about summer schools and learning in person as opposed to learning digitally, and we chat with John Quinn of the United Nations Global Pulse lab in Kampala, Uganda and Makerere University's Artificial Intelligence Research group.
In episode eight of season three we return to the epic (or maybe not so epic) clash between frequentists and bayesians, take a listener question about the ethical questions generators of machine learning should be asking of themselves (not just their tools) and we hear a conversation with Ernest Mwebaze of Makerere University.
In episode seven of season three we take a minute to break way from our regular format and feature a conversation with Dina Machuve of the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology we cover everything from her work to how cell phone access has changed data patterns. We got to talk with her at the Data Science Africa confrence and workshop.
In episode five of season three we compare and contrast AI and data science, take a listener question about getting started in machine learning, and listen to an interview with Joaquin Quiñonero Candela.
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In episode four of season three Neil introduces us to the ideas behind the bias variance dilemma (and how how we can think about it in our daily lives). Plus, we answer a listener question about how to make sure your neural networks don't get fooled. Our guest for this episode is Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow in the Research Group, where he leads the Google Brain project. We talk about a closet full of robot arms (the arm farm!), image recognition for diabetic retinopathy, and equality in data and the community.