Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator

Episode 14: Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator – Show Notes Data Translator is a new title coming up in the business world over the last few years. This role is an intermediary between those requesting data science work and the data scientists. It’s sort of like a business analyst but for analytics projects. To […]

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All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap

Episode 13: All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap – Show Notes Many people, civilians and military personnel alike, use fitness trackers every day to keep tabs on their health. They track everything from steps to heart rate to sleep cycles. With some manual input, they can also balance other aspects of personal health and […]

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Blockchain Gives Us Hope

Episode 12:¬†Blockchain Gives Us Hope – Show Notes In our last episode on Deepfake, we mentioned blockchain as a possible solution for identifying authentic versus altered audio and video. In today’s episode, we look at a number of ways that blockchain can and is already providing positive impact in the world. In addition to its […]

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Deepfake

Episode 11: Deepfake – Show Notes Deepfake is the process of using computer vision to generate realistic fake audio or video where a performance from one person appears to be coming from another. This technology, once the brainchild of academia, was taken into the corporate world to help make image and audio editing more efficient. […]

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Anticipate Adversaries

Episode 10: Anticipate Adversaries – Show Notes Adversaries to an algorithm or system can come in many guises and at many times in the data science process. Their contexts vary from well-intentioned to nefarious. In this episode, we talk about different types of adversaries and how to anticipate adversaries. Well-Intentioned Adversaries Business users who have […]

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Consider Context in Data Science
Consider Context

Episode 9: Consider Context – Show Notes Algorithms do not operate in a vacuum. They operate in the context of a specific business, industry, problem, group of people, time frame, and more. Algorithms impact people and processes in the course of their use. The charge of an ethical data scientist is to develop solutions which […]

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Hearts and anchors
Love Ahoy! How OKCupid Tested Anchoring Bias

Episode 8: Love Ahoy! How OKCupid Tested Anchoring Bias – Show Notes In 2014, OKCupid revealed they had conducted an experiment to test the effects of showing false compatibility rates to users. The experiment was designed to test whether their algorithm was truly generating more meaningful conversations. There were two stages of the experiment. First, […]

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Anchor on blue wall
Anchoring Bias

Episode 7: Anchoring Bias – Show Notes Today we are talking about one aspect of why first impressions are so important – anchoring bias. Anchoring bias is when the first piece of information we receive about something (our first impression of ir) is weighted more heavily than it should be. Unlike statistical sampling biases, anchoring […]

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Gorillas are plaguing Google
Google Has a Gorilla Problem

Episode 6: Google Has a Gorilla Problem – Show Notes Google is a forerunner in many areas of data science and artificial intelligence. Yet one problem seems insurmountable for them – properly distinguishing between dark-skinned humans and gorillas. In 2015, an African-American software developer, Jacky Alcin√©, looking through their automatically-tagged images in Google Photos saw […]

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Removing bias from job descriptions is a tough job
Hired By Algorithm

Episode 5: Hired by Algorithm – Show Notes Finding and applying for jobs is a painful task – made worse by hiring bias pervasive in the process. In today’s episode, we consider advances in helping to eliminate hiring bias from job description to interview. We call out a few of the biases lurking in HR […]

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