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Automation opens new avenues for humans, big data could help curb gun violence, and results from the Digital Universe Study.
Happy new year! Here are a few stories from the data space that caught my attention recently.
It’s OK if all our jobs are belong to them
Kevin Kelly took a look at the effects of automation on society over at Wired and argues that we should welcome our forthcoming robot overlords with open arms. Kelly says that giving current work tasks, future yet-to-be-imagined tasks, and jobs we can’t do at all to machines opens up possibilities for humans to do things previously unimaginable and “will let us focus on becoming more human than we were” — much like the industrial revolution “led a greater percentage of the population to decide that humans were meant to be ballerinas, full-time musicians, mathematicians, athletes, fashion designers, yoga masters, fan-fiction authors, and folks with one-of-a kind titles on their business cards.” Kelly argues that our future employment incomes will depend on our ability to work with robots and that most of what we do won’t be possible without them.
Bot graders pass muster, Instagram's small team handles scale, assessing UK open data efforts.
In this week's data news, a look at the performance of automated essay-grading software, scaling Instagram, and an audit of the UK government's open data initiative.
Alasdair Allan on how machine learning is taking over the mainstream.
From Goodreads to Google to Orbitz, machine learning is slowly becoming part of everyday life. Alasdair Allan discusses current uses and how machine learning factors into his own robotic telescope network.
Robo-journalism, digital fingerprinting, decentralized soldier networks, and drag-and-drop data retrieval.
In the latest Strata Week: StatSheet automates short sports articles, BlueCava uniquely identifies devices, ALADDIN implements distributed decision-making, and Needle helps you find just the data you're looking for.