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30th
Nov 2018
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Nov 30 2018 04:05
I still need to read this article in full, but thought I'd share here, "We Need an FDA for Algorithms" http://nautil.us/issue/66/clockwork/we-need-an-fda-for-algorithms
For non-USA peeps, the FDA is the Food and Drug Administration, a federal agency that regulates (as you might have guessed) foods and drugs within the US. So it supervises what should and shouldn't be used, and how dangerous something is.
Alice Jiang
@becausealice2
Nov 30 2018 04:07
@MahmoudElsayad Not in finance, though I'm sure the underlying techniques wouldn't vary widely from other industries
@erictleung Sounds like a good read. I know I agree just off the title.
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Nov 30 2018 04:07
The article is an interview of UK mathematician Hannah Fry, and I love two of the questions asked, were "What is your least favorite algorithm" and "what is the most dangerous algorithm"
Alice Jiang
@becausealice2
Nov 30 2018 04:08
I have been in love with Hannah Fry since the first time I ever saw her on Numberphile
I'd never seen a female mathematician before, so it was super exciting for me
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Nov 30 2018 04:09

These [CEOs] are complete charlatans. They claim they can take any movie script and feed it into a neural network that will highlight as little as one word in the script that can be changed to make the movie more profitable at the box office. When I pushed this CEO for evidence that this algorithm actually worked, he launched into this story about how a big movie star was let go from this movie franchise purely on the basis of his algorithm’s say so. And when I pointed out that that wasn’t actually proof that his algorithm worked, it was proof that people believed his algorithm, he kind of shrugged it off and was like, “Oh, well, you know, I’m not performing an academic exercise.”

This is crazy!

@becausealice2 oh yeah! So great to see the representation :+1:
I'll have to check her out on Numberphile! I didn't know she did a video.
@becausealice2 I guess I haven't been paying attention/watching Numberphile a lot. She's on there a lot lol.
Alice Jiang
@becausealice2
Nov 30 2018 04:10
She's been on a couple if memory serves. I unsubscribed a while back when I pretended I had the emotional strength to only subscribe to music channels...
I forget the name of the other channel with the mathematician comedian guy
stand up maths?
She's been on there too. Explained how to win Monopoly.
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Nov 30 2018 04:15
@becausealice2 brilliant! More videos I shouldn't be watching causing me to not do work :smile:
This was a very dangerous link to open for me today https://what-if.xkcd.com/. I lost like an hour from it. Curious nerds, do not click.
Alice Jiang
@becausealice2
Nov 30 2018 04:16
you've posted that link in the wrong channel if you sincerely want to discourage curious nerds :joy:
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Nov 30 2018 05:48
:wink:
mstellaluna
@mstellaluna
Nov 30 2018 14:42
@becausealice2 :wave: