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AI in experimental research, AI for diversity and gender gap, UK automation up in advance of Brexit,

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October 17 · Issue #1012 · View online
The ecology of work, and the anthropology of the future.

AI in experimental research, AI for diversity and gender gap, UK automation up in advance of Brexit, AI and breast cancer, Slack and the future of work platforms, Even my biases are biased

Beacon NY - 2018-10-17 — More evidence that AI – not software in general – is eating the world.
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Long Takes
Scientists, too, are being automated | Steve LeVine consolidates threads about AI being used to extend scientific research, or reformulate it.
“We’re in the middle of a paradigm shift, a time when the choice of experiments and the execution of experiments are not really things that people do,” says Bob Murphy, the head of the computational biology department at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Automated science is “moving the role of the scientist higher and higher up the food chain,” says Murphy. Researchers are focusing their efforts on big-picture problem-solving rather than on the nitty-gritty of running experiments.
  • He says it will also allow scientists to take on more problems at once — and solve big, lingering ones that are too complex to tackle right now.
Connect that to the increased costs of scientific research, as I explored in The Hidden Economics of Ideas earlier this year, and you’ll conclude that expanded use of AI in scientific research is the only way to go.
Short Takes
LinkedIn has a new AI feature to increase diversity in hiring | Rosalie Chan reports on LinkedIn efforts to help companies hire a more diverse workforce using AI, which is a major trend (see Textio helping Cisco, Atlassian improve workforce diversity).
This AI platform aims to close the gender gap in the workforce | Yet another piece on AI being applied to deal with diversity at work, this time about Katica Roy and Pipeline.
UK automation picks up as flow of European workers slows ahead of Brexit | David Milliken tracks the UK’s upped investment in automation, in anticipation of Brexit-related shortage of workers.
Google’s AI is better at spotting advanced breast cancer than pathologists. The firm’s deep-learning tool was able to correctly distinguish metastatic cancer 99% of the time, a greater accuracy rate than human pathologists.

From the Archives
Slack and the Future of Work Platforms | An email interview by Dom Nicastro about Slack and the acquisition of Hipchat and Stride.
Even My Biases Are Biased | Can we change our behavior enough to counter our biases? Maybe, but don’t bet on it.
Quote of the day
The supply of people moving into this field is way below demand.
Anthony Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, on the shortage of talent in the AI labor pool.

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