When I first started doing this kind of thing, there were like two Tory Lawsons on the internet, one of whom was I think actually a Victoria. Now there are lots of us, and I am sorry if you were looking for one of the other ones. We have an annual retreat thing, so if you want to get a hold of one of the others, let me know.
Why is it so empty and so hard and still so central to the work I do, which by the way is supposed to be made better by this framework? Why do I spend almost as much time feeding and nurturing this process as I do getting actual work done? [...] I believe in what it's trying to do, and that having a process is important. I just maybe disagree with the notion that slavish compliance to a process invented by someone who has never worked on your team is somehow above reconsideration.Continue reading →
Evan Estola from Meetup gave probably the second-best talk of the day (I have to give the best talk to Corinna Cortes) talking about our responsibility as wranglers of these learners to protect them from learning bigoted or otherwise harmful patterns. He noted that while some people believe that anything the learner infers from the data is somehow pure and bias-free, it is more accurate to say that while we are tinkering with every other constraint and parameter of a model we might as well fix the stuff that yields socially unwelcome inferences. He said it more elegantly of course, but it was neat that he kind of spanked everybody with that.Continue reading →