Keeping up with the data

AI as I am sure you all know by now, is largely reliant on the black gold, data, and preferably lots of it. With the speed that things are developing at, its pretty hard to keep up with the world of AI and data. In the past I subscribed to the excellent free weekly MIT technology Review, but sadly that went the way of paid for subscription services.

But the London and Leeds based Open Data Institute continues to publish a free weekly newsletter, The Week in Data. And it tends to favour more a social approach than some other more technology heavy news services. Here is an excerpt from last Friday’s issue’

If you’re looking to stream an anxiety-inducing film about the rise of robots over your Christmas break, you may not think to look in the documentary category. But iHuman, a gloomy (and seemingly slightly dramatised) take on the world of AI, is released this week in cinemas and (and online), and sits firmly in the ‘documentary’ genre. Film-maker Tonje Hessen Schei speaks to a range of interviewees, including Elon Musk’s computer scientist, to explore what will happen ‘when robots become smarter than humans’. It has been described by The Guardian as ‘an eye-opening film if your anxiety levels are up to it’. We’d love to hear – once you’ve had a look – whether it filled you with joy, dread or a painful amount of eye-rolling.

You can subscribe to The Week in Data here.

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