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With breakthroughs in areas such as image recognition, natural language understanding and board games, AI and machine learning are revolutionizing various industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail and finance. As complex machine learning models are being deployed into production, the understanding of them is becoming very important. The lack of a deep understanding can result in models propagating bias and we’ve seen examples of this in criminal justice, politics, retail, facial recognition and language understanding. All of this has a detrimental effect on trust and from my experience, this is one of the main reasons why companies are resisting the deployment of AI across the enterprise.
Explaining or interpreting AI is a hot topic in research and the industry, as modern machine learning algorithms are black boxes and nobody really understands how they work. Moreover, there is EU regulation now to explain AI under the GDPR “right to explanation”. Interpretable AI is therefore a very important topic for AI practitioners. There are a few resources available to stay abreast with this active area of research like survey papers, blog posts and a few books but there is no single resource that covers all the important techniques that will be valuable for practitioners. There is also no practical guide on how to implement these cutting-edge techniques.