Clara is your partner in doing great work — a virtual employee that schedules your meetings.

Source: Clara

More Human Humans | Stitch Fix Technology

But doing something better doesn’t necessarily make machines an alternative to humans. If machines and humans each contribute differently to a capability, then there is opportunity to combine their unique talents to produce an outcome that is better than either one could achieve on their own. This has real potential to change not only how we work, but also how we understand our experience of being human.

Source: More Human Humans | Stitch Fix Technology – Multithreaded

Little Data Wranglers


Documentation scenario for the Little Data Wranglers project research done in Summer of 2014. Participants: Philip van Allen (PI), Kristina Ortega, Mengziao Li, JiWon Jun, Gerardo Guerrero.



AI Takes Off – Business Report

How Google, Microsoft, IBM, Toyota, Baidu, and others are leveraging artificial intelligence advances to transform their business. Plus, what AI models work best.

Special Business Report section from MIT Technology Review.

Source: AI Takes Off

Child’s Play

Computers should stop trying to act like grown-ups.

The wildly creative imaginations and ceaseless exploration of young children may be the key to their impressive learning abilities. Studying those children can give us clues about how to design computers that can pass the more profound Turing test and be almost as smart as a three-year-old.

Source: Child’s Play

Power to the People: How One Unknown Group of Researchers Holds the Key to Using AI to Solve Real Human Problems

What’s needed for AI’s wide adoption is an understanding of how to build interfaces that put the power of these systems in the hands of their human users. What’s needed is a new hybrid design discipline, one whose practitioners understand AI systems well enough to know what affordances they offer for interaction and understand humans well enough to know how they might use, misuse, and abuse these affordances.

Source: Power to the People: How One Unknown Group of Researchers Holds the Key to Using AI to Solve Real… – Medium

Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem

Our world is increasingly shaped by biased algorithms that have been built with little oversight.

At the very least, this software risks perpetuating an already vicious cycle, in which the police increase their presence in the same places they are already policing (or overpolicing), thus ensuring that more arrests come from those areas. In the United States, this could result in more surveillance in traditionally poorer, nonwhite neighborhoods, while wealthy, whiter neighborhoods are scrutinized even less.

Source: Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem (NY Times)