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Newsom can thank Trump for saving him from his high-speed rail flub

Los Angeles Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom tripped on high-speed rail and fell flat. Then President Trump rode to the rescue and picked him up. That's how I read the latest California-Trump flap, this one over the state's floundering bullet train project. Trump, after all, is the Democratic Party's best friend in California. His classless demeanor was largely responsible for Republicans losing half their California congressional seats in November -- seven.


Why AI Works – Artificial Understanding

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Interest in Artificial Intelligence is exploding, and for good reasons. Computers in cars, phone apps, and on the web can do amazing things that we simply could not do before 2012. This is an attempt to explain the current state of AI to a general audience without using mathematics, computer science, or neuroscience; discussions at these levels would focus on how AI works. Here I will discuss this at the level of Epistemology and will try to explain why it works. "Epistemology" sounds scary, but it really isn't.


Japanese companies in driver's seat for Indian bullet train deals

The Japan Times

NEW DELHI – Japanese steel and engineering companies are in the driver's seat to bag major supply contracts for a $17 billion (around ¥1.8 trillion) Indian bullet train, several sources said, undermining a key component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic policy -- a push to "Make in India."


3 things you can't do with math

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I've been doing analytics, data science and statistics for a long time, and I remember when analytics was just called "math." I walked around the RSA Conference show floor this year, and I would like to apologize on behalf of the entire analytics industry for all the noise out there on the subject. There's no doubt that AI and analytics are revolutionizing many industries -- especially the cybersecurity industry. But it's not a silver bullet, because there are limitations to what math can actually accomplish. Let's look at three, in the hopes that it will help you navigate the noise.


California Republicans ask Trump administration to block bullet train funding

Los Angeles Times

California's House Republicans have asked the Trump administration to block a pending federal grant that will ultimately support the state's high speed rail project until an audit of the project's finances is completed. The letter, signed by all 14 members of the state's GOP delegation, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, was sent to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. It cites cost increases, reductions in the project's scope and its failure to attract private financing. Dated Jan. 24, the letter asks Chao to stop approval of a $650-million grant that the Transportation Department could make to the Bay Area's Caltrain commuter rail agency as early as next week as part of an effort to install an electrical system. The bullet train would eventually use the same line from San Jose to San Francisco.