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Machine Learning’s Crumbling Foundations

Doing ‘data science’ with bad data.

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Technological debt is insidious, a kind of socio-infrastructural subprime crisis that’s unfolding around us in slow motion. Our digital infrastructure is built atop layers and layers and layers of code that’s insecure due to a combination of bad practices and bad frameworks.




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