Artificial Intelligence safety: embracing checklists

Unfortunately, human errors are bound to happen. Checklists allows one to verify that all the required actions are correctly done, and in the correct order. The military has it, the health care sector has it, professional diving has it, the aviation and space industries have it, software engineering has it. Why not artificial intelligence practitioners?

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ROC and Precision-Recall curves - How do they compare?

The accuracy of a model is often criticized for not being informative enough to understand its performance trade offs. One has to turn to more powerful tools instead. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) and Precision-Recall (PR) curves are standard metrics used to measure the accuracy of binary classification models and find an appropriate decision threshold. But how do they relate to each other?

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What does a transformer?

Transformers are giant robots coming from Cybertron. There are two Transformer tribes: the Autobots and the Decepticons. They have been fighting each other over the Allspark, a mythical artifact capable of building worlds and mechanical beings. Well, there is also another kind of Transformers, but those are not about warfare. However they are pretty good at language understanding. Let’s see how!

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Computers can't sustain themselves

The situation where an unskilled user can enjoy a well-working computer does only last so long.1 Either the user becomes good at maintaining the computer, or it will stop working correctly. That’s because computers are not reliable. If not used carefully, at some point, they will behave unexpectedly or stop working. Therefore, one will have to get their hands dirty and most likely learn something along the way. Some operating systems are more prone to gathering cruft, though.
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On Biometric Authentication

Biometric systems such as fingerprint readers or facial recognition may be appealing, but they have drawbacks worth mentioning. Their attack surfaces are larger than commonly believed, they make it hard to enforce good security rules and are not guaranteed to work all the time. These flaws should be considered when assessing the value of biometric authentication.

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How to install the original Doom on Fedora 31

If you want to distance yourself from the craziness of the world around and happen to be a computer geek, only a few things are more satisfying than blasting hordes of demons on Doom. Here is how to install GZDoom - an OpenGL port of Doom released under the GPLv3 license - and a mod called Brutal Doom on Fedora 31.

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