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What's Artificial Intelligence?


15 per hour - Virtual OK - Posted Feb 14, 2017

Artificial intelligences are taking over large parts of our economy and impact our daily lives more and more. I'd be happy to walk you through some of the basics of how AI's function, what kinds of problems AI's are working on today, and where the field is going in the future. And, perhaps most importantly, where AI's fall down. They may be the way of the future, but artificial intelligence is still just a tool in our toolbox. As many problems as it can solve, there are some challenges where other technologies will continue to be more effective. And some that are well-suited for humans. Because we're still pretty neat.

Training & Qualifications

I build the things for a living. My formal degrees are in physics and data science, I've spent the past few years making AI systems for image analysis, fraud detection, and natural language processing tasks.

Availability & Preferences

Afternoons or nights, US East Coast time

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Michael

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Inactive User received hour of What's Artificial Intelligence? from Michael
Dec 29, 2017
I had a fantastic time talking to Michael about AI and data science. He had a lot of interesting insights about the industry and had very helpful advi...ce about how I can improve my skills and differentiate myself in the field. He is relaxed and easy to talk to. I'd highly recommending having a conversation with him about AI! Thanks Michael, I'm excited to talk to you again soon:)show more
Feb 22, 2017
Michael was very knowledgeable in the field of data science! He was also able to very quickly judge whether the problems I'm working on would be good ...for an AI project :)show more
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Inactive User left review for Michael
Nov 27, 2017
We had a deal. I emailed him to set up a time to meet. Got no response after several days/a week, so I canceled the deal. Now a week later, and sti...ll didn't hear from him. No idea what happened to this more
Jul 26, 2017
Very helpful
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Jun 28, 2017
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Jun 01, 2017
Michael taught me Arabic for a lot longer than was expected, and I greatly appreciated it!
Jun 01, 2017
Very happy that I chose Michael to learn Arabic! He is easygoing and personable. He placed the lesson in context by a) asking why I wanted to learn it... so that he could teach me what was most relevant, and b) helping me understand how Arabic fit in the wider language world. We then went over basic greetings, extreme basics of how to gender words and negate sentences, this/that, and some basic sentence construction with possessives. Hope to repeat soon!show more
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May 12, 2017
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Apr 27, 2017
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About Michael Thorne

I make a living as a data scientist, kind of a mathier version of a software developer. I specialize in natural language processing and it's application to cognitive sciences. It's really cool math, w...hich I'm still deeply chuffed that I get to do everyday. I also like playing around with artificial neural networks and bioinformatics research. The nerd is strong with this one. When I'm not mathing for my bread, I perform as a stand-up / actor here in NYC. You may remember me from my break-out role as 'Scowling Guard #4' on Legend of the Seeker. I've since gone on to talk on film, which is good fun. I've had the chance to train at American Comedy Institute, National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney), and Barrow Group Theater. Improv performance has my heart, I was an ensemble member with one of Pan Theater's (Oakland) house teams when I lived on the West Coast. There aren't many rushes I've found like being on stage. I'm also getting used to being behind the camera, which is adding a completely new dimension to how I understand film. Plus I get to play around with an entirely new bunch of technology. In my once-upon-a time, I was a Navy cryptologist (where I picked up Arabic) and I spent a few years as an Analytic Lead for the Department of Defense out of Ft. Meade. Studied at Fordham University (B.S. Physics) and GalvanizeU (MS Data Science), I'm currently splitting my time between NYC and Boulder while trying to get used to all the fresh air in Colorado and the fact people let you cross the street here. Also blues dancing. All the blues more

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