Just over two years ago, The Met launched an Open Access Program seeking to make the images and data of public-domain works in the museum’s collection available under an open data promise. 

The program fills an important role in The Met’s mission to broaden global reach by making the museum’s collection one of the most accessible, discoverable, and useful on the internet. See how The Met is now working to generate new knowledge about each artwork at scale and uncover latent insights with AI.

I’ll never forget the time I first heard of non-Euclidean spaces. It made sense and no-sense all at the same time. Since making the switch into data science, I understood it better and its uses. However, I never really tried to visualize these spaces.

Fortunately(?), someone has created a rendering engine that lets you explore this space and surprise(!), it may have uses for VR.

If there ever was a case for AI, this could be a compelling one: Resume writing. It’s a task many job seekers see as a necessary evil and it seems as  everyone has an opinion about how to carefully craft the perfect document.

A new website can write your résumé for you in just ten seconds — as long as you don’t mind sending employers a document of totally-made-up information and just a touch of gibberish.

In sci-fi and popular culture, there is much talk about when “AI becomes self-aware/conscious” and then bad things will happen to humanity. Aside from being somewhat an overplayed theme, it raises several profound questions. What is consciousness? What is self-awareness? What is sentience? There are no easy answers that could withstand scrutiny.

For me, this is one of the most fascinating aspects of AI – where it bridges the worlds of science, philosophy, and even theology. KurzGesagt has a fascinating video exploring the evolutionary origins of consciousness and how empathy relates to sense of self.

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: “Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make.” A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we’re building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

 

Did you ever notice that the chip on your credit card looks an awful lot like a SIM card? I never really gave it much thought until my son asked why credit cards with chips are more secure than those with just the magnetic strips. It turns out that there’s a lot of high tech encryption and security going on and this video by LiveOverflow explores it all.