March 21, 2016
(The Atlantic) – Machines, however, can unlearn. In fact, some computer scientists say it’s increasingly important that they’re designed for this purpose. Part of the promise of machine learning systems is that computers will be able to process tremendous data streams—for purposes like facial recognition, for example. Entire industries are transforming as a result of these computing powers. With the proliferation of sensitive data flowing through vast networks, humans need to be able to tell computers when and precisely how to forget huge swaths of what’s called data lineage—the complex information, computations, and derived data that propagate brain-like computer networks.
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