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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Maintain Your Learning, the World is Changing

This gets to my most often rant.   Was making it long before recent events.    Make sure your AI/ML methods include provision for continued ongoing maintenance.  The world continues to shift under your feet.

Our weird behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models
Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks —forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

by Will Douglas Heaven  in TechnologyReview

In the week of April 12-18, the top 10 search terms on Amazon.com were: toilet paper, face mask, hand sanitizer, paper towels, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, mask, Lysol, masks for germ protection, and N95 mask. People weren’t just searching, they were buying too—and in bulk. The majority of people looking for masks ended up buying the new Amazon #1 Best Seller, “Face Mask, Pack of 50”.

When covid-19 hit, we started buying things we’d never bought before. The shift was sudden: the mainstays of Amazon’s top ten—phone cases, phone chargers, Lego—were knocked off the charts in just a few days. Nozzle, a London-based consultancy specializing in algorithmic advertising for Amazon sellers, captured the rapid change in this simple graph.  .. " 

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