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This piece just published in the Guardian "Data trusts could allay our privacy fears"

https://t.co/UHKUK23eqq
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It took me a long time but finally I'm pushing something out discussing Nick Bostrom's book "Superintelligence". Part of the Future of AI series of blog posts.

http://inverseprobability.com/2016/05/09/machine-learning-futures-6
Update: readers of the post have also pointed out this critique by Ernest Davis and this response to Davis by Rob Bensinger. Update 2: Both Rob Bensinger and Michael Tetelman rightly pointed out that my intelligence definition was sloppily defined. I've added a clarification that the defintion ...
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On Wednesday at 10:00 am Pacific time (18:00 UTC) I'm answering questions for a Quora session on machine learning.

https://www.quora.com/profile/Neil-Lawrence/session/126/
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Here's my opening statement from tonight's British Science Association debate on Artificial Intelligence. http://inverseprobability.com/2016/02/29/future-debates-ai
This evening I'm participating in a debate on AI. We get seven minutes each for our initial statement. This is the script for mine. As my Cambridge based colleague Zoubin Ghahramani says “the term artificial intelligence is somewhat non-sensical. Something is either intelligent or it isn't.
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The third post has a bit more levity, it covers the emerging "Greek Tragicomedy" of the current AI/ML landscape. #futureAI

http://inverseprobability.com/2016/01/17/machine-learning-futures-3/
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Post on the idea of "Data Trusts" for democratization of data sharing.

https://t.co/2DkacKj1ze
Data is at its most powerful when it is interconnected. A major challenge for modern data is interconnection of different data types to obtain a fuller picture. Questions about an individual's mental health, for example, might benefit from interlinking social media with the medical record.
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Thoughts on belief in the singularity as a quasi-religious form of science. Part V of my Series on our "AI Futures".

http://inverseprobability.com/2016/05/09/machine-learning-futures-5
Religious belief offers the promising and delightful idea of an eternal life in paradise. But as a non believer one of the things you need come to terms with is the finality of death. 1 There is a happy side effect of realising that since death is final, you realize the importance of extracting ...
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On 15th September, 1830, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway opened. It was the first passenger railway. It is said that when rail travel was first proposed fears were voiced that travel at high speeds would cause asphyxia or permanently damage passengers' eyes. Heady speeds of 50 km/h were ...
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A new blog post. Tried to explain deep learning and the importance of stochastic processes without the aid of any maths. 

http://inverseprobability.com/2016/03/04/deep-learning-and-uncertainty
It seems it may only be a matter of time before the best Go player on the planet is a computer. AlphaGo beat the European champion in Go and was driven by machine learning, a technology that has underpinned the recent major advances in artificial intelligence in computer vision, ...
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Two new posts at the University of Sheffield in Machine Learning. We are looking to appoint at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Professor levels (equivalent to Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Full Professor for US).

http://inverseprobability.com/2016/03/01/posts-in-machine-learning
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I wrote a short op-ed in the Guardian on DeepMind's breakthrough on Go.

http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2016/jan/28/google-ai-go-grandmaster-real-winner-deepmind
The achievement has been hailed as a breakthrough in artificial intelligence, but computers are much less efficient than us
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