AI for Audio Description Generation?

I have a product idea to use artifical intelligence to create audio descriptions for film and television. It was a winner at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center’s Immersive Media Challenge. Here is the 3min pitch, it includes a section of The Lion King which maybe I will get asked to remove due to rights, but its […]

Fashion Image Search

Playing around with Python and Keras to create a fashion image classifier I.    INTRODUCTION Those who shop for fashion online know the frustration of searching and trawling through multiple sites looking for something in particular, and when you finally do find it, it’s out of stock in your size, and you must start all over […]

Code of Practice for Data Science?

Executive Summary This post discusses accountability, ethics and professionalism in data science (DS) practice, considering the demands and challenges practitioners face. Dramatic increases in the volume of data captured from people and things, and the ability to process it places Data Scientists in high demand. Business executives hold high hopes for the new and exciting […]

The Curse of Social Media Success

When your community grows so much, you no longer recognise it In August, I read a Wired story about social media influencers migrating some of their audience to membership sites like OnlyFans and Patreon to get paid for their content: content which is exclusive and risqué and doesn’t meet Instagram and Facebook’s community standards (Parham, […]

New Tech Data as Court Evidence?

Or why judges are as cautious as the Amish when it comes to admissable evidence “Sharing a Ride” by Forsaken Fotos is licensed under CC BY 2.0 This is my reaction to material we discussed in my CMGT530 class at Annenberg: Social Dynamics of Communication Technology. The material was Czitrom (Czitrom, 1982) and the film […]

Image Processing in The Age of Surveillance

TL:DR How three forces: the explosion of individual images available online, theaccelerating data science capabilities of image processing, and pressure on individual rights and freedoms impact the use of image recognition in surveillance in crime prevention and criminal prosecution. Covers the potential risks of reliance on this kind of visual evidence, and recommendations to reduce […]

Data and Innovation in Slow Fashion

How the Sustainable Fashion Industry can learn from Fast Fashion The Fashion Industry: Fast and Slow The fast fashion industry, which includes brands such as H&M, Zara, Forever21, Asos and TopShop, serves up new products at historically low prices and at an ever growing pace: within weeks of New York Fashion Week or being worn […]

Eradicating Racial Differences in Prostate Cancer Outcomes

A literature review of academic studies of racial disparities in prostate cancer outcomes, particularly for black Americans. In loving memory of Calvin L Harris Senior.

Tracy Keys’ Communication Data Science blog

You must do the thing you think you cannot do — Eleanor Roosevelt. Welcome! I am Tracy Keys, and you can find me on Instagram @benjibex. This blog is all about my passion for media, entertainment, fashion, society and the environment and how data science can be used as a tool in communication, activism, politics […]

The true loss for a society of Pokie Players

UPDATE 26th of May: I have recently discovered that turnover is defined by cash plus wagering wins, which means if a person puts in $300 cash, wins and loses $2700 over the course of the day in small increments, and then loses their $300 too, they have “wagered” $3000 and “won” $2700 so the expenditure […]