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Machine learning

9 Ways to See a Dataset

Season 4: Episode 2

To the average person, artificial intelligence systems are …unintelligible. We hear a lot of terms bounced around: black boxes, enigmatic, even just plain magic. These complex neural networks, with parameters that can number in the trillions (never mind their outputs, which are even bigger) are fairly impossible for even a curious brain to conceptualize.

But the Knowing Machines team wants us to understand. You're going to meet several team members today, each of them tasked with demystifying the black boxes by writing an essay about their favorite dataset. Each essay focuses on different aspects of each dataset: its inception and its limitations, how it structures knowledge, makes predictions, and intervenes in the world. Seen through the lens of an expert, maybe it'll become your favorite dataset too.