What we can learn from the ethics code of Germany’s best soccer club.

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Credit: Bayern München

We are who we are. Bayern München has always been one of the strongest teams throughout history, but few know about their even stronger code of unity.

The phrase “Mia san mia” is Bayern’s motto, a Bavarian variation of “wir sind wir”, and roughly translates to “we are who we are” in English. But the sixteen tenets of this code truly establish the philosophy which Bayern encourages their players, staff, and fans by which to live. …

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Credit: American University

The 2016 elections were an unusual race. Compared to the subtler and more nuanced debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in 2012, the 2016 debates were riddled with breaking news, controversial accusations and statements, and a battle between emotion and logic on both sides. The 2020 campaign trail has been quite exciting as well, yet we should discuss a core issue: national security.

Regardless of one’s political views, it remains troubling that two of the 2016 debates’ core issues, Clinton’s unencrypted email scandal and Trump’s ties to the Russian government, dealt with the possibility of antagonistic foreigners…

How closely are music and language ability related?

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Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

Musicality and Language Comprehension

Music is to the soul what words are to the mind. It has always been suggested that learning music at an early age makes one better at mathematics and critical thinking, and that writing from an early age cultivates creativity and imagination. But what exactly is music? And as silly as it may sound, what exactly are words?

Music, unlike language, is not based in practical communication; it is rawer in nature, a feature often attributed to emotion and art. …

Managing and navigating through a financial crisis is no fun at all. — Howard Schultz, ex-CEO, Starbucks Corporation

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Photo by Aditya Vyas on Unsplash

An introduction

In the early and mid 2000s, US real estate was rising steadily thanks to a strong economy backed by a stable financial district.

In order to make more money from issuing mortgages, banks decided to increase their lending limits, including to those with poor credit scores.

Banks issued instruments called mortgage-backed securities. Essentially, using homeowner debt, banks would bundle up small pools of this debt and sell them off to investors. …

Let’s find out what to consider when designing an A.I. agent.

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The narrative of the agent

Imagine for a moment that you are a Transformer. You can be any car or road vehicle you want as long as it has at least one seat.

You have been sent to Earth to protect a human named Sam, and now you need to get him from Mission City to the Hoover Dam to regroup with the other Autobots before the world ends.

Shouldn’t be too hard, right? All you need to do is drive about 22 miles south.

Well, there are a few problems: it’s a bright…

Let’s find out how A.I. problem spaces are defined.

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The narrative of the environment

Imagine for a moment that you drive for Uber in New York City.

It’s 4:00 PM and it’s the day before Thanksgiving. You’re parked by Wall Street, waiting for your next passenger to arrive. You watch the roads as they get congested — pedestrians, cars, buses, and all — as everyone rushes out to get wherever they need to be, as quickly as possible.

You yourself want to beat the traffic before it’s too late, but there’s time for this one last ride.

Soon enough, someone knocks on your car door…

Clarke’s Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

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Image courtesy of HBO

In a world where androids look, feel, act, and think like humans, where does the line between man and machine lie? Is there even a line at all?

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These questions are the premise behind HBO’s Westworld series, where human guests can visit the western theme park and live through narratives, or story lines, where they interact with nearly-human android hosts as they complete a set of objectives. The hosts are shown to have deep learning capabilities operating within the constraints of programmed personalities and programmed long-term memories called backstories…

Aditya Kumar

Aditya Kumar is a computer science student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He researches AI mechanisms in economics and medicine.

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