December 5, 2017
NIPS Day 2

by Kyle Polich

The Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NIPS) reached a record 7850 registered attendees this year. 679 papers were accepted out of 3590 submissions (18.9% acceptance rate). The accepted papers where 90% academic and 10% industry submissions. This is my day 2 summary.... View More >

December 5, 2017

The second day of NIPS kicked off with this presentation from Brendan Frey. In the first minute, he put forward the bold claim "without artificial intelligence medicine is going to completely fail".... View More >

November 22, 2017

As was announced a while back on the Data Skeptic podcast, the show is going to have running themes for the foreseeable future, in which we'll spend a few months talking about one topic or area. We more or less did this earlier this year when we focused on deep learning following by a few episodes on deep learning in medical applications. These themes will become more formal and more obvious going forw... View More >

November 20, 2017

In the last episode of Data Skeptic, I asked Lance Fortnow about whether or not is was possible P vs NP was ill-posed. He correctly pointed out that, while some surprising result come emerge (like showing its impossible to solve it), it can't be ill-posed, because the problem has a formal mathematical statement. That statement is be... View More >

November 15, 2017

I attended Microsoft Connect today. These are my notes about the announcements I found notewor... View More >

October 22, 2017

In recent years, much discussion has taken place about machine learning models being black boxes. Some models are said to be so complex that a human can't comprehend the function these models comp... View More >

October 13, 2017

Hi, I was just listening to an old episode of Data Skeptic on the 'Student's t-distribution'. In the episode Kyle strongly emphasized that the populations that the samples are coming from need to be normally distributed. I am currently studying t-tests in an inferential statistics course and wanted to ask you if there is a misunderstanding here: I thought that one does not need to care what distribution governs the population (whether it is normal or not) because the sampling distribution will always be normally distributed due to Central Limit Theorem. Maybe we are talking about different uses of the t-test. I was referring to the use of t-test to determine if a sample belongs to a population of a known mean or belongs to another population that is significantly different. In this case, the original population does not need to be distributed normally, am I wr... View More >

September 28, 2017
Recommending a Guest

by Kyle Polich

Since inception, Data Skeptic has doubled in listenership every few months. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the response and the community that has formed around the show, particularly in our Slack chan... View More >

September 26, 2017

I got a great question from a listener, a snippet of which is be... View More >

September 15, 2017

The more I have learned, the less convinced I have become that there is anything special about the human brain which cannot eventually be replicated in a machine. If one wants to claim that humans are intrinsically more special then ANYTHING which could ever be engineered, I believe the burden of proof is on them to demonstrate this cl... View More >

September 13, 2017
Deep Thinking

by Kyle Polich

This blog post is about Garry Kasparov's Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. Yet, it's not a review, exactly. Nor is this a response. These are just my thoughts I had during the deeply enjoyable time I spent reading this excellent b... View More >

September 12, 2017

Last week I had a chance to visit USC's LONI: Laboratory of Neuro Imaging. Thanks to Farshid Sepehrband (@fsepehrband) for the invite and tour! The best part for me about doing data skeptic is when I have opportunities to visit fantastic companies and labs doing really interesting w... View More >

September 11, 2017

A recent article on TechCrunch warns that hackers are sending silent commands to speed recognition systems with ultrasound. These sorts of attacks are interesting because are sometimes plausible, sometimes outrageous, and oftentimes teach us something about security concerns we didn't know to worry about previou... View More >

September 10, 2017
Prophecy Fulfillment

by Kyle Polich

This bonus feed episode is a short recording made in Vietnam... View More >