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Critical Machine Learning

  • This list contains selected readings and resources that might be helpful in understanding basic ideas around machine learning/AI and thinking critically about what this all means.
  • Daly, Liza.
  • Tanz, J. “Soon We Won’t Program Computers.
  • In contrast, the following two links (note: quite heavy on the browser) show machine learning-based approaches at a similar task: – – An Interactive Node-Link Visualization of Convolutional Neural Networks by Adam Harley MNIST: An Exploration of Dimensionality Reduction by Christopher Olah Visual and Interactive Guide to the Basics of…
  • ML/AI-related things are pouring out in a ridiculous speed, reflecting the rapid growth of the field both as industry and research.

Selected resources for learning basic notions of machine learning / AI and critically thinking about them

This list contains selected readings and resources that might be helpful in understanding basic ideas around machine learning/AI and thinking critically about what this all means. It contains items I have read or plan to; the list will be updated/modified occasionally. Some of the items will be grouped into subcollections that explore specific topics, such as:

This collection is partly aimed at non-CS people like me, who are interested in the topic and will benefit from materials that use lots of plain language. Also, it could be useful to people who are within and/or much more comfortable with CS, and want to know what different people with various perspectives have to say about the technology. So some of this will be very basic both technically and in terms of its critical discussion, and hopefully that is a good thing.

Daly, Liza. “AI Literacy: The basics of machine learning,” World Writable, Apr 11, 2017. Daly provides a nice short introduction to the terms artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, and deep learning. Good accompaniment to the following videos.

Artificial Intelligence, Revealed (Video series by Facebook) Along with the previous post, I think it serves as a good lead into the following three longer reads.

Tanz, J. “Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train them Like Dogs.” Wired, May 17, 2016. Paul. “What Is Code?” Bloomberg Businessweek, June 11, 2015. Not exactly…

Critical Machine Learning

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