Jupyter Notebooks are popular with data scientists. Microsoft even offers a free, hosted, “no-install” service for Python, R and F#. However, there are some downsides to notebooks—mostly to do with software engineering best practices. Joel Grus gave a provocative talk at JupyterCon 2018 entitled “I Don’t Like Notebooks”. Yihui Xie then followed up with a […]
Wait… We’re apparently on the cusp of being chauffeured around in autonomous vehicles, but websites check that I’m not a computer by having me identify road signs in images?! This can’t end well for someone.
A team of AI bots created by OpenAI, a non-profit AI research company co-founded by Elon Musk, have beaten former professional Dota 2 players. It’s only been a few months since the bots were losing to amateur players. Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) where two teams of five players compete […]
Python has topped the IEEE Spectrum list of top programming languages again this year—extending its lead in the process. The sources used to compiled the list cover contexts that include social chatter, open-source code production, and job postings. Obviously that list of sources isn’t an accurate reflection of what developers are doing day-to-day in organisations. […]
In a recent interview, Cameron Davies, head of corporate decision sciences for NBCUniversal, discussed the importance of data science being led by the needs of the business. He discussed “data culture” and the tendency for data scientists to focus on the technology while losing sight of the wider context. Davies points out that decision-makers want […]