Is Your Machine Learning Algorithm Smarter Than a Dog?

Do we need an Asimov’s Law for chatbots? And how do they compare with a talking parrot? What can dairy farmers learn from outfitting cows with pedometers? How can algorithms better explain to humans not just what they’re predicting, but why? Some of the biggest names from the Seattle area’s growing machine learning and artificial intelligence community tackled these questions and more Wednesday at a Madrona Venture Group summit. The sprawling array of challenges and opportunities in this fast-growing, fascinating, and sometimes frightening field defy easy summary. Here are some of my takeaways from the event, as well as news of Integris.io, a startup focused on customer data, and a new product from natural language understanding startup KITT.AI. —One of the most interesting aspects of machine learning and AI—the former a…


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