It’s time to address the elephant in the room.

Anthill Inside keynote, confirmed talks for The Fifth Elephant, ReactFoo Delhi, and more this week on The HasGeek Newsletter

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning got off to a rough start with the fear of machines outrunning human workers and the loss of jobs. While the ecosystem has matured, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to identify concepts and implementations which need more regulatory oversight.

The Niti Aayog released a discussion paper on the national strategy for Artificial Intelligence, which details the current developments, focus areas for AI intervention, and the way forward for AI including ethics, privacy, and security. If you haven’t read it, it’s a good roadmap to work on, if you’re buiding AI products in India.

Check out this excellent summary of the report, if you’re pressed for time.

This year at Anthill Inside, we’re looking at the technical developments in this space from two broad perspectives. Academics like Prof Ravindran from IIT Madras and Prof. Battacharyya from IIT Patna will be talking about Reinforcement learning and the analysis and generation of sentiments and emotions by computers, and practitioners like Vijay Gabale and Lavanya TS talking about Learning Real time object detection in the absence of large-scale datasets and product size recommendation for fashion e-commercerespectively.Further, Shailesh Kumar, Chief Data Scientist at Jio, will deliver a keynote at Anthill Inside on AI for India.

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Is there an elephant in the room? Are there several elephants in the room?

We are told that one such elephant is linear regression. You think you know everything there is to know about linear regression. Data scientist Chris Stucchio argues to the contrary. If you have highly correlated input data, non-normal errors, domain knowledge exceeding input data, or other common problems, Chris suggests you may need custom hack tools to aid you with linear regression.

Too much math, you think? Don’t worry — learn from Chris and ask him questions, at The Fifth Elephant 2018.

On that note, we have published the first draft of the conference schedule.

We will be dissecting a lot of elephants at The Fifth Elephant this year — structural estimation methods, entity search, linear regression, and what have you.

Besides talks, we have curated two workshops — on 26 and 27 July — at the conference, for those of you who wants hands-on experience with latest tools and concepts:

Dates: 26 and 27 July
Venue: NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore

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What bothers you most about your website and app?



✅User flows


✅Choice of framework

ReactFoo Delhi tries to address these issues in your app or service.

For starters, Eesh Tyagi will share Cleartrip’s front-end journey of migrating from legacy code to React PWA, and the performance issues that showed up in this process.

Arwa Lokhandwala will talk about React Canvas, a library to optimize scrolling performance and avoid the jank while showing complex animations on mobile web. Kiran Abburi will be talking about Gatsby, a framework to build blazing fast websites.

Learn from the experience of developers and designers from large-scale companies and independent organizations on how they have approached and solved these problems.

Slots for speaking at ReactFoo Delhi are available. If you care about getting feedback for your the approach you used for solving your design and development problems, and become a better designer/developer, don’t miss out on this opportunity. Submit a talk here:

Date: 18 August
Time: 8:45 AM to 5:30 PM

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All about state management!

Do you ever wonder how Netflix knows your previously watched episodes and even the exact moment where you paused your show?

Ankita Goyal talks about state management and summarises the discussions at the BoF on State Management at ReactFoo Mumbai!

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Videos from ReactFoo Mumbai

The videos from ReactFoo Mumbai are now up! Check out for all the talks.

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Building data products at Uber

Data is the core of all things at Uber and every aspect of the user experience is powered by data — this includes systems that connect the rider to a driver, predict the correct fare for your ride, calculate in-app ETAs, optimal routing for Uber pool, restaurant recommendations in Uber eats, and online fraud detection. At this week’s HasGeek Open House, Hari from Uber will be talking about the infrastructure and platforms that Uber have built internally and the various challenges in managing petabyte scale data.

Date: 15 June 2018
Time: 07:30 PM — 09:00 PM
Venue: HasGeek House, Bangalore

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On our radar

CTOTalk by OrangeScape

OrangeScape will be hosting Vibhore Sharma, CTO — (Info Edge) for the next CTOTalk session on “The Untold Naukri Tech Story: Thriving in Chaos”

Date: 23rd June 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 10.30 AM to 1.00 PM
Venue: OrangeScape Technologies, Tidel Park, Chennai

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