Machine Learning (Theory)

9/29/2009

Machine Learning Protests at the G20

Tags: Machine Learning jl@ 12:59 pm

The machine learning department at CMU turned out en masse to protest the G20 summit in Pittsburgh. Arthur Gretton uploaded some great photos covering the event :-)

6 Comments to “Machine Learning Protests at the G20”
  1. why says:

    Why did you protest the event?

  2. some CMU alum says:

    Well, “why”, I wasn’t there, but I’m guessing it’s a combination of disagreeing with the protestors and simply not getting why geeky nonsense might not be an appropriate response to sincere, essentially sane protest. I mean, those people weren’t exactly Fred Phelps-crazy.

    From the carefree tone of the post and the flickr comments, I take it that no machine learning folks were gassed, non-lethally shot, arrested on fabricated charges, or had their cameras or other property confiscated by police? Congratulations.

  3. Andrej Bauer says:

    This looks like a joke to me. Were they spoofing serious protesters, or are they just that crazy? In other words, why were they protesting against G20? Surely not to support vector machines.

  4. Craig says:

    I loved the “repeal power law” sign. That’s great.

    On a side, despite the utter idiocy of anti-globalization protesters, what the Pittsburgh police department did is very sad – gassing, sound cannons, etc. What the hell is an “unlawful assembly” anyway. That’s garbage.

  5. Drago says:

    Unhide all Markov models!

    And stop discriminatory training!

    Democratize all hierarchical processes!

    Enough with partitioning!

    Don’t forget your remote neighbors!

    Stop mining data!

    More funds for self-training!

  6. Theo says:

    And more power to bayEsians!

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