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Here’s the funniest, most scathing, most informative and most useful talk on AI and security

Here’s the funniest, most scathing, most informative and most useful talk on AI and security

“James Mickens (previously) has a well-deserved reputation for being the information security world’s funniest speaker, and if that were all he did, he would still be worth listening to.

But Mickens’ great gift is weaponized bathos: the ability to induce whiplash in the listener with a string of hilarious technical zingers that lead to deadly serious, important insights into the field of information security. He embodies the entire ethic of “ha ha, only serious.”

His keynote to the 27th Usenix Security Summit is a stellar example of just what makes his keynotes so fabulous. Mickens’ topic is machine learning, AI, and security, and while he devotes a lot of energy to popping the hype bubbles surrounding these topics with scathing, scorching wit, he does so while laying out an enormous amount of subtle technical information, in eminently accessible form, describing the way that machine learning algorithms are designed and deployed in practice.

But as the talk progresses — ranging over AI, machine learning bias, the reproducibility crisis, even the two cultures — the whipsaw gets faster, from laugh to serious point, laugh to serious point, back and forth and back and forth, building to a stupendous crescendo. I don’t lightly advise you to listen to a 55 minute talk (you can do the whole thing as audio-only with headphones or in the car, the slides aren’t essential), but really, this is worth it.”

Stephen

Posted on: September 21, 2018, 6:33 am Category: Uncategorized

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