AI won’t take over the (art) world

An aged photograph of a snail playing the kazoo. A landscape painting of a giant robot destroying Los Angeles painted by Van Gogh. A Minecraft rendering of a guy riding a capybara. If you’ve been spending time on the Internet lately, you may have seen a scene like this depicted in shockingly-realistic, algorithmically-generated “art”—the handiwork of a multi-billion-parameter AI model aptly named DALL-E. Simply provide the machine with a description, and it will respond with a high-resolution image of whatever you dream up.

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Please read these if you’re “doing” “explainable” “AI”

A lot has been said about the many recent attempts to make AI explainable, and over the last year or so I have made a good faith effort to read all of it. Especially now that I get to think and talk about this stuff near-full-time since I started my PhD program at the U (which is going swimmingly, thanks for asking) I have a much more coherent perspective on the issue and a lot to write about. As I work towards generating some takes of my own, however, I thought I would share a few of the highlights of my literature review.

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Raw predictions considered harmful?

Last week I went to a really interesting talk by Bill Howe called “Raw Data Considered Harmful,” which presented a strong case for handing ML researchers and data scientists semisynthetic data in sensitive settings. Some of his work, currently under review, proposes methods for scrubbing raw data of “biases,” or signals that are unwanted because they should not or cannot be legitimate representations of the relationships between variables in a dataset.

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Explaining how to explain our underwriting model at the local data science meetup

I’m going to start posting to this page with professional news and writing snippets. Here is an outdated update from October: I gave a meetup talk on how we are using additive feature attribution to make our algorithmic underwriting process more transparent at MassMutual.

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