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Senior Software Engineer, Data Infrastructure


Doximity is transforming the healthcare industry. Our mission is to help doctors be more productive, informed, and connected. Achieving this vision requires a multitude of disciplines, expertises and perspective. One of our core pillars have always been data. As a software engineer focused on the infrastructure aspect of our data stack you will work on improving healthcare by advancing our data capabilities, best practices and systems.

Machine Learning Engineers


Machine learning engineers with impressive records of academic and professional achievements sought to join our interdisciplinary team in New York City. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with our chemists, biologists, and computer scientists to expand the group's efforts applying machine learning to drug discovery, biomolecular simulation, and biophysics. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated expertise in developing deep learning techniques, as well as strong Python programming skills. Relevant areas of experience might include molecular dynamics, structural biology, medicinal chemistry, cheminformatics, and/or quantum chemistry, but specific knowledge of any of these areas is less critical than intellectual curiosity, versatility, and a track record of achievement and innovation in the field of machine learning. D. E. Shaw Research is an independent research group focusing primarily on molecular simulations of proteins and other biological macromolecules with the long-term goal of transforming the process of drug discovery.

Adopting AI: balancing automation with risk management


Artificial intelligence (AI) has already found its way into many mainstream business applications -- redefining the modern workplace and unleashing the power of data and automation across a broad range of functions. Many companies in all industries are now adopting variations of AI to remain agile and competitive in areas such as customer service, training, human resources and security. At times, companies may also have implemented AI technology without even knowing it, as software solutions adopt and embed AI as part of their own solutions. However, although AI can play a crucial role in businesses' cyber security defences, it also has a dark side. As a result, organisations must understand both the opportunities and the risks presented by these technologies as they look to embrace them as an essential part of everyday business.

Agencies extend comment period on artificial intelligence RFI


Five federal financial regulatory agencies, including NCUA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced Monday they will extend the comment period on the request for information on financial institutions' use of artificial intelligence (AI) until July 1, 2021. The agencies are seeking information from the public on how financial institutions use AI in their activities, including fraud prevention, personalization of customer services, credit underwriting, and other operations. More specifically, the RFI seeks comments to better understand the use of AI, including machine learning, by financial institutions; appropriate governance, risk management, and controls over AI; and challenges in developing, adopting, and managing AI. The agencies extended the comment period to allow stakeholders more time to coordinate and prepare their comments, which were originally due by June 1, 2021.

The Academic Story of African American English Has Been Wrong All Along


How someone talks is complicated. It depends on where they're from, where they spent their formative years, if they moved around, and whether they're consciously trying to alter how people perceive them. But beneath it all are the regional roots of a person's speech--those patterns of pronunciation, shaped by long histories of settlement and migration, that can pin an individual down to a surprisingly small patch of the map. Despite this, however, for decades the study of American English left a big territory unexplored on the map. Even as researchers divided northern New Jersey from southern New Jersey, or the inland South from the Gulf Coast, linguistics held as conventional wisdom that African American English was a single entity, regardless of place. But a growing body of research says otherwise. Taylor Jones, a quantitative social scientist who recently got his doctorate in linguistics, wrote a thesis that investigates regional differences in African American English. As an Army kid who moved every couple of years, Jones said, he knew that what he heard in real life contradicted the official story that Black people in America are a linguistic monolith.

Washington DC dismantles its secretive facial recognition system


Last fall, we learned that Washington, DC police used a previously-undisclosed facial recognition system to identify a protester who allegedly punched a law enforcement officer during the June 2020 Lafayette Square riots. Privacy advocates will be happy to know that the system, which was used by 14 federal and local agencies, is being shut down soon. As reported by The Washington Post, the National Capital Region Facial Recognition Investigative Leads System (NCRFRILS) will no longer be used thanks to a new Virginia state law that goes into effect on July 1st. The law is putting tighter restrictions on how local law enforcement agencies can use facial recognition; specifically, it requires agencies to get approval from the state legislature before using any facial recognition system. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments described it as a pilot program that won't continue as it "depended on regional participation and financial support."

Flying taxi designed for long commutes is science fiction made real


In'The Jetsons', a popular cartoon show from the 1960s, a man flies a with his family. Each member then zips off to go about their day. That old sci-fi utopia seems to be how Velocopter envisions our near future with its four-seater air taxi designed for longer commutes into the city.

Eufy’s RoboVac G30 is the quietest vacuum-mop you'll ever meet


Opting for a more affordable robot vacuum can often be like signing yourself up for a babysitting job. The time saved by not having to vacuum is simply replaced with time spent popping your head in the room to ensure that the robot vac isn't playing bumper cars with the wall. Anker's line of robot vacuums, the Eufy Robovacs, is a rare breed known for being an easy lifestyle boost while being easy on the wallet, too. The Eufy 11S has gotten particularly good praise for its slim design and ability to scoot under low-profile furniture. Now, Eufy has managed to squeeze stronger suction and a whole mopping function into a new model without teetering over three inches tall.

Humans and AI: Organizational Change


According to McKinsey, "Research shows that 70 percent of complex, large-scale change programs don't reach their stated goals. Common pitfalls include a lack of employee engagement, inadequate management support, poor or nonexistent cross-functional collaboration, and a lack of accountability." Last year I was doing some spring cleaning and looking for space in my home office for a digital piano. As I pulled books from my bookcase, packing them into boxes to go into storage, I found my Blockbuster Video membership card. I'd tucked it inside a book as a bookmark.

Cloud computing and machine learning uses in the actuarial profession


With advances in cloud storage and cloud computing, actuaries are in a position to leverage their current skills to new areas within and outside of traditional roles at insurance companies. However, there is also the potential to misuse data and advanced analytical techniques. Actuaries must be aware and proficient in their understanding of the appropriate analytic techniques, data, and applications. This paper first presents an introduction to the cloud service models and their impact on the actuarial profession. It then discusses the use of the cloud in terms of financial modeling and actuarial processes, and in terms of the increased ability to collect more data to perform advanced analytics.