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I believe that people are the secret sauce to succeed in AI. It may sound paradoxical, but human creativity and cooperation are the foundation for machine intelligence.

It also works the other way around, though: humans can be the bottleneck to successful AI projects.

I recently worked on a project that involved multiple units of my client’s company. We identified a clear need, gathered the data, and prototyped a complex system. I was proud of the technology we built. The solution was elegant, sophisticated, and rather accurate.

When we showed it to people who were going to use it, they pointed out we had failed to include an important variable. We were trying to optimize a process looking at just half the story.

We just didn’t know…


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Six years ago I read this sentence by Donny Miller and became obsessed with it. “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice”. This is the age of information. I felt empowered, inspired, and most of all, I thought it was true as well.

I am a living example of how this can be true. I have a formal Engineering education, a luxury for many families. Yet, the concepts I learned during my engineering education contribute to maybe 1% of what I do today to earn a living. …


I (finally) got my first shot of vaccine. Through a tiny needle, some molecules have been injected in my blood stream, and are now instructing my immune system how to defend from a virus we call COVID-19.

In a little while, I’ll be able to (almost) fearlessly engage in all the activities that make us happy human beings: hug friends and family, listen to live music, travel, shake hands with new people.

As I biked to the vaccination center in Copenhagen, I asked myself this question: how did we do this?

Roughly one year ago in my home country, Italy…


It’s been almost a month since I wrote my last newsletter. Not that I didn’t have anything to share — I actually have tons of stuff, wait for it — but sometimes I need to take a break from my routines to look at the big picture.

It’s a little bit like going on a hike, if you are always looking at where you put your feet and never stop to look at the view, why are you even walking?

So one of the things I worked on in this month is my first TEDx talk in the beautiful city…


Last Tuesday Mark Zuckerberg posted this on his Facebook profile:

To help more creators make a living on our platforms, we’re going to keep paid online events, fan subscriptions, badges, and our upcoming independent news products free for creators until 2023. And when we do introduce a revenue share, it will be less than the 30% that Apple and others take.

Sounds great, right? What struck me was that last reference to Apple. Why firing this shot?

This is just another episode at the new platform war between Zuck and Tim. Let’s go through the recent history to understand why…


Last week Twitter published an article titled “Sharing learnings about our image cropping algorithm”. In the article they describe their findings about gender and racial biases in their cropping algorithms.

These biases have affected hundreds of millions of people using the platform, so let’s try to figure out what happened and how they discovered it.

Imagine you want to make a post on Twitter with 3 vertical images. If Twitter showed the images in their full size, your post would take a lot of screen real estate on a mobile device, giving an awful experience. …


There’s new drama in Elonland. Let’s recap the last two months of the Elon — Bitcoin love story.

  1. Tesla silently buys $1.5B of BTC
  2. Musk pumps BTC on twitter (his bio has breefly been “#Bitcoin”)
  3. BTC goes to the moon 🚀
  4. Tesla says they bought BTC and they’ll accept BTC payments
  5. BTC goes to the stratosphere 🚀🚀🚀
  6. Tesla sells some BTC to pump its quarterly earnings (aka “prove liquidity”)
  7. Tesla stops accepting BTC because of “environmental concerns”
  8. BTC crashes

What. A. Ride.

A couple of paragraphs about the environmental impact of BTC, in case you don’t know about it. …


This week, I started making Facebook ads to promote my new course AI expert.

It was a while since I last played with FB’s ad manager, so I was welcomed with a bunch of new privacy-related updates. I ended up on an interesting journey to research the current status of web tracking, data privacy, and how AI glues all of this together. You’re about to read the gist of what I found out.

Before we start, let me quickly explain how Facebook uses data to show ads. …


This post was published on my blog the day of my birthday

Five years ago I was inspired by a blogpost from Italian investor Stefano Bernardi. The title was “Reflections and learnings as I turn 30”. When I read it, I wondered what my beliefs were going to be when I was going to finish my 30th round around the sun.

I’m turning 30 today, so I’m ready to share my own reflections. I hope these will inspire someone like Stefano inspired me.

Self

  • Being a good human being is hard work.
  • Empathy is one of the most important skills to…

This post first appeared on my AI insiders newsletter. Subscribe here.

Last week both Facebook and Twitter banned Donald Trump from their platforms. I’ve read tens of people outraged by this novel display of political power from private organisations.

I agree with whoever says that tech platforms have political power. Arguably, the algorithms in the hands of Facebook, Twitter or Youtube can shape our political landscape more than lawmakers can.

However, I question whether tech giants’ CEOs actually care about it.

You can accurately understand tech companies with a simple rule of thumb: follow the money.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube can…

Gianluca Mauro

Founder of AI Academy and author of Zero to AI. On a mission to empower organizations and people to prosper in the AI era.

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