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SXSW 2018

How Brilliance Beats Bullsh*t in Machine Learning

Some companies that use machine learning capitalize on bullsh*t, convincing people to believe nonsensical claims about magical algorithms. However, real machine learning pioneers don’t rely on bullsh*t, but instead focus on what’s possible. With open source tools and high-quality training data, we’re capable of solving many of the complex issues vexing today’s companies. Urging people to cut the bullsh*t, this session will reveal tangible ways machine learning can be used today.

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  1. What can we expect for the future of machine learning, and how will it impact business and everyday life?
  2. What are the common misconceptions about machine learning, and how are they clouding our vision for what’s possible?
  3. What is human’s role in machine learning and how will it evolve over time?


  • Katherine Bailey, Principal Data Scientist, Acquia


Ellen Burr, PR Representative, LaunchSquad

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Intermediate
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