Living in an age that is re-embracing mass shaming

The sweet, but naive, view of history clings to the rainbows-and-puppies hope of moral arcs bending and of people getting better and better and better. Somehow, we tell ourselves, we’ve evolved beyond the innate evil that lies deep within each human…


AI is progressing at a fast and furious pace. Over twenty years ago, IBM’s Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov at chess. Seven years ago, IBM’s Watson beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy. Last year, DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat world champ Ke Jie at Go. …


One of the challenges I was working through was trying to identify unique person records from a blizzard of API data. It purports to have a unique key for each person, but, in reality, not so much (or, honestly, at all). As a result, I’m working to identify unique people…


One of the first things people working in data science / machine learning have to grapple with is that our claims are predictive, not inferential. …


Jim Keeler graciously invited me to attend this past Tuesday’s meeting of the Austin Chapter of SIM (the Society for Information Management), which is doing a broader version of the work we used to do six years ago through the CIO/CTO Roundtable of the Austin Technology Council. Kudos to them…

Joe Hootman

Diving into oceans of data to discover pearls that help you make wiser decisions. Predictive data analyst, machine learner, data engineer. Disciple in Austin.

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