Pete Sheridan

Hi, I’m Pete Sheridan. Welcome to my blog.

I co-founded a market-leading audience measurement technology company which disrupted the consumer packaged goods information industry in Australia and in New Zealand.

A passion around emerging technologies grew, particularly at the point where technology and data intersect to improve our quality of life. This website is a platform for me to share my thoughts, as well as other people’s content that resonates with me, to provide context and understanding to how the world around us changing – hopefully for the better.

ArtArtificial IntelligenceNeural Networks
October 23, 2019

Can Computers Create Art?

It's a complex question. If you'd like to bury yourself in the details, I'd recommend reading Can Computers Create Art?, an essay authored by Aaron Hertzmann in 2018, where Hertzmann tackles a more precise question: “Could a piece of computer software ever be widely credited as the author of an artwork?" Hertzmann broadly argues that computers do not create art,…
Artificial Intelligence
October 20, 2019

Open AI’s Hide-and-Seek

In one of their more recent releases, Emergent Tool Use from Multi-Agent Interaction, Open AI's team observed agents discovering progressively more complex tool use while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. Through training in a new simulated hide-and-seek environment, agents build a series of six distinct strategies and counterstrategies, some of which Open AI's team did not know their environment…
Artificial Intelligence
October 10, 2019

Deepmind’s AlphaGo: The Computer Program That Beat the Best Go Player in History

Go, a board game that originated in China over 3,000 years ago, is considered one of the most difficult board games as it requires multiple layers of strategic thinking. How complex? Well, there are more possible configurations on the board than there are atoms in the universe. It's naturally challenging for artificial intelligence because of its complexity. Despite decades of…
Privacy
September 20, 2019

Big Data: How Safe Do You Feel?

Somewhere online, just about every detail about you is stored. It's almost impossible to avoid. At the same time we have very little transparency, and there's enormous uncertainty over whether we should trust these entity's to keep our data safe. More companies than ever before are being breached, and it seems very little is being done about it. When something…
Data Science
September 16, 2019

Data Science: Simplified. A Great Introduction.

So - you're interested in learning more about Data Science. Fantastic. This post isn't long, because I can't do better than some of the content that's already out there. Without further ado, head on over to one of my favourite channels Becoming Human and read their first article in a great series, titled Data Science Simplified Part 1: Principles and Process.