Jesse Dunietz

Jesse Dunietz

Ph.D. Candidate in computer science

I work at Carnegie Mellon University on teaching computers to understand language. I'm also the founding president of the Public Communication for Researchers program. I'm easily distracted by birds.

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Nautilus

The Fundamental Limits of Machine Learning

A few months ago, my aunt sent her colleagues an email with the subject, “Math Problem! What is the answer?” It contained a deceptively…...

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Nautilus

Politicians Need to Understand This Computer Science Concept Better

There are two sides to accuracy, and you can't have them both.

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Popular Mechanics

The Hidden Science of Elevators

How powerful algorithms decide when that elevator car is finally going to come pick you up.​​

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Scientific American

The Unexpected Dangers of Recreational Counting

Deciphering mathematical card tricks is a wonderful pastime, but it can get you into some bizarre predicaments.

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Nautilus

The Most Important Object In Computer Graphics History is This ...

When his wife suggested he create a 3D model of their tea set, Martin Newell made computer science history.

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Nautilus

How Big Data Creates False Confidence

Whatever big data say, they say it more confidently. But that doesn't mean they say what we think.

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Motherboard

The Computer Made of Nothing but Plastic and Marbles

The confounding logic of Dr. NIM

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sciencenonfiction.org

The experiment that taught us what “left” really means

Do the laws of physics know their left from their right?

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Motherboard

It's Way Too Early to Be Afraid of a Superintelligent AI

Any AI worth fearing will have to be very different from what we're building now

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Scientific American

Quantum Computing Disentangled: A Look behind the D-Wave Buzz ...

The word “quantum” imbues any topic with instant mystique. Unfortunately, it often doubles as a “keep out” sign...

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genestogenomes.org

DIY Public Communication Training

Three grad students organized their own public communication training. The benefits proved far greater than expected.

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sciencenonfiction.org

The Cosmos' Attack on Computers

In 1984, IBM encountered a mystery: computers in Denver were making ten times more mistakes than the national average.

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theconceptsproject.com

On Shuttle Drivers, Chocolate, and NP-Completeness

I used to regularly take a shuttle from my university campus back to my house. As the students climbed aboard, we would each dutifully nod to the driver and name our destination. What happened next never failed to amaze me......

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sciencenonfiction.org

A World of Information

Everything in the world works by processing information. Even thermoses.

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sciencenonfiction.org

When Do I Start Knowing What I’m Doing?

When my advisor informed her assembled advisees that I was the group’s “machine learning expert,” I nearly choked. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what expertise looked like, and it wasn't me.