Commentary
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Data Privacy: the Creepy vs. the Terrifying

StephenBaker1 - May 26, 2011

At the e-G8 summit yesterday, I got into a little spat over privacy. My point, in a panel discussion, was that there are two different classes of…

Commentary
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Man vs. Machine Contests: Forget “Level” Playing Fields

StephenBaker1 - May 21, 2011

Just got back from Seattle on a red-eye, and I take off for Paris on another red-eye Sunday night. I'm not complaining, but maybe I should buy…

Commentary
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Should it bother me that Apple knows where I am?

StephenBaker1 - April 21, 2011

I read these stories that Apple collects users' location data, and I lament: Why do I bother writing articles no one apparently reads! In a BW story…

Uncategorized
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Intel Casting for More Sensor Data

StephenBaker1 - April 20, 2011

My health-care chapter in The Numerati focused on Intel's efforts to mine the minutia of elderly people's lives. In pilot projects, they wired people's homes with all…

Data Quality
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Is Watson less efficient than a human?

StephenBaker1 - February 19, 2011

When it comes to computing efficiency, humans beings blow Watson away. As Jonah Lehrer points out, the human brain requires with less power than a dim light…

Decision Management
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Tuesday Night Massacre Hurt Watson’s Ratings

StephenBaker1 - February 18, 2011

Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy reports that interest in Jeopardy's Man-vs-Machine match dipped a bit for the final of the three-evening event. The Nielsen ratings climbed following Monday's…

Data Visualization
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Dear Watson: What is life?

StephenBaker1 - February 18, 2011

Scouring Twitter for Watson stuff, I just came across some deep questions for the machine from @larrylugo, such as: (more…)

Inside Companies
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The Birthplace of Watson

StephenBaker1 - February 13, 2011

I took this pic of the Thomas J. Watson Research Center as I drove away following the match there between Watson and its human rivals. My mind…

Data Quality
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Being human is hard

StephenBaker1 - February 12, 2011

Everything I see is reminding me of my favorite Jeopardy player. This photo is from New York, Broadway in the 20s, I think. Note the snow. There…

Business Intelligence
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Nova’s documentary on IBM’s Jeopardy machine: Questions raised

StephenBaker1 - February 10, 2011

I enjoyed watching the Nova special, Smartest Machine on Earth, about IBM's Jeopardy computer. It was interesting to me that they chose to call Watson ...'he'.... I…