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More and more, decisions are made by algorithms that have been carefully crafted to act on their own. It's one thing when the algorithms are optimizing ads but what about when they're making decisions regarding things like loan approvals, crime prevention, and medical diagnoses? Interesting read.
DJ Patil and Ruslan Belkin recently kicked off First Round's CTO Summit and offered their most salient lessons-learned related to building and launching data products. This is a fantastic recap, including a well-reasoned, pre-launch checklist. Regardless of the domain you're working in, if you're working with data, this is a MUST READ.
Amazon just announced a new AWS service for machine learning that will let users make real-time predictions at scale. It looks fairly capable and apparently, is designed for users that aren't necessarily machine learning experts. This post in Amazon's AWS blog offers a good overview of what you can do with this new service and how to get started.