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Yes, Computers Can Stereotype Now

February 18, 2016 by Ari Amster

ImageThe very thought that computers may be subject to some of the same biases and prejudices as humans can be frightening, but the unsettling reality is something we as a society need to confront before the problem proliferates. We have entered an era where things like big data, machine learning, and adaptive algorithms are becoming commonplace among businesses, learning institutions, healthcare providers, and more. In many cases, these learning algorithms and the use of data are meant to overcome some of the shortcomings of human thoughts and actions, eliminating the biases that creep into our minds without our even realizing it. Sadly, many of the same prejudices could be copied over into how computers solve problems. Even worse, those biases may actually be magnified, and having the best of intentions doesn’t prevent the problems from spreading.[read more]

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7 Key Terms for Negotiating Your Cloud Contract

February 28, 2013 by Tom Caper

Although cloud computing may be all about digitization and virtualization of your business data, the contract negotiation required for establishing a working relationship between two parties is still a completely human-based process. Here are 7 key terms to consider.[read more]

From Big Data to Smart Data: Supporting Critical Business Decisions

May 10, 2012 by Michael Fauscette

Last week at Lithium's LiNC event I did a session on big data with Lithium Principal Scientist Dr Michael Wu. It's always a pleasure working with Michael, the session was well attended and the audience was very engaged. Since then I have been thinking about what we presented and I think there were a few key points that are very important...[read more]

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Business Intelligence – The Power of Human Emotion

February 15, 2012 by Leena Kamath

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2011 was noted as the year that demonstrated the “power of the human emotion.” It was the year where human emotion exhibited itself through mediums that go beyond satisfaction surveys. Here are a sample pick of my favorite emerging business -- technologies in the areas of Business Intelligence and analytics! Read on...[read more]