Inside your company sits a data-bog. It’s not a lake, it’s not a stream, it’s a shithole that no one talks about. People talk about the horrors of government bureaucracy, but that’s just a 250 year old company; your company is getting to be just as bad already! No one talks about it because it’s embarrassing. The people slogging through this data bog are often practically slaves. They have no specific title — you can’t find them without significant detective work — but they’re doing work that’s unergonomic, non automatable, irreplaceable, and absolutely crucial to the firm.

The reason this…


Dear Mr. President,

AI is often described as the economic engine of the future. But to realize that growth, we must think beyond AI to the whole system of data, and the rules and context that surround it: our data infrastructure (DI). Our DI supports not only our AI technology, but also our technical leadership more generally; it underpins COVID reporting, airline ticket bookings, social networking, and most if not all activity on the internet. From the unsuccessful launch of healthcare.gov, to the recent failure of Haven, to the months-long hack into hundreds of government databases, we have seen the…


The recent news reports that Haven, the joint healthcare venture between Amazon, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway, was quietly being shut down, came as no great surprise to those of us who work in the Artificial Intelligence field. The culprit for the failure of this ambitious effort to reform American healthcare is very likely the same as the reason the Healthcare.gov website collapsed in spectacular fashion when the Affordable Care Act was first rolled out. …


The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting a truth we have known for some time: that important scientific achievements are increasingly the result of teams building on the work of other teams over many years. The traditional conception of heroic individual researchers is misleading to the public, and distorts scientific funding by discouraging the recognition of collaboration. Yet the Nobel Prizes continue to limit the number of individuals who can be recognized for a given achievement to just three.1 It is time that high-profile scientific awards like the Nobel Prizes catch up with reality.

During the week of October 5th, the Nobel…

Eric Daimler

Leading MIT spinout Conexus.com Former Obama WH (D44). Former CS Prof @CarnegieMellon.

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