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Six ways machine learning threatens social justice

Machine learning is a powerful and imperfect tool that should not go unmonitored.

Predicting the president: Two ways election forecasts are misunderstood

Everyone wants to predict who will win the 2020 presidential election. Here are 2 misconceptions to bust so people don't proclaim the death of data like they did in 2016.

Five ways your safety depends on machine learning

Machine learning, which actively protects you from all sorts of dangers, including fires, explosions, collapses, crashes, workplace accidents, restaurant E. coli, and crime.

Why eating ice cream is linked to shark attacks

Why are soda and ice cream each linked to violence? This article delivers the final word on what people mean by "correlation does not imply causation."

Why A.I. is a big fat lie

The Dr. Data Show is a new web series that breaks the mold for data science infotainment, captivating the planet with short webisodes that cover the very best of machine learning and predictive analytics.

22 Ways Algorithms Know How You'll Behave Before You Do

Prediction is reinventing industries and running the world. More and more, predictive analytics drives commerce, manufacturing, healthcare, government, and law enforcement.

Understand and Apply Predictive Analytics, with Eric Siegel

You have been predicted — by companies, governments, law enforcement, hospitals, and universities. In this lesson excerpt from Big Think Edge, Eric Siegel, author of Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, explains why these entities not only have the power to predict the future "but also to influence the future." \r\n

I’m Anthropomorphizing this Machine

Eric Siegel on IBM's Watson: This is the first time I’ve ever had the feeling and the impulse to say, “You know what?  That’s intelligent.”

Predictive Analytics: "Freakonomics" Meets Big Data

As with the anecdotally rich discoveries in Freakonomics, practitioners of predictive analytics constantly stumble upon insightful gems such as,vegetarians miss fewer flights.

Siri, You Can Drive My Car

One of the things that’s happening now is your Smartphone is being more integrated with your car.

Why I Became a Believer in Artificial Intelligence

My opinion is that IBM’s Watson computer is able to answer questions, and so, in my subjective view, that qualifies as intelligence.

The Future of Prediction: Predictive Analytics in 2020

Today, predictive analytics' all-encompassing scope already reaches the very heart of a functioning society. Several mounting ingredients promise to spread prediction even more pervasively: bigger data, better computers, wider familiarity, and advancing science.