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BIG DATA – The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats…

Published on Sep 27, 2016

Description: In a presentation at the 2016 Concordia Summit, Mr. Alexander Nix discusses the power of big data in global elections. Cambridge Analytica’s revolutionary approach to audience targeting, data modeling, and psychographic profiling has made them a leader in behavioral microtargeting for election processes around the world. Speaker: Mr. Alexander Nix CEO, Cambridge Analytica


Published on Sep 22, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data (2.5 exabytes) every day is what we currently generate. The mid-decade turning point we are now experiencing is an unprecedented ability to process these data, to generate insights. These insights, gleaned from new data processing techniques, can impact how we shop, how we find jobs, dating, and even how doctors diagnose illnesses.

Dr. Charles W. Stryker is the Founder and President of a professional advisory firm, Venture Development Center, Inc. (VDC), and he has been recently recognized as the Data Innovator of the Year 2013. His business has a focused practice of assisting “Big Data” firms in creating, developing and commercializing Information Services properties.

He has served on the board of a number of both public and private companies. His current board appointments include: Avention, Data Mentors, Datamyx, Geoscape, Innography, Jobvite, NetFactor, Netwise, RDC, The Retail Equation, Triton Technologies, and V12.

Dr. Stryker has received the BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University. He has been an active speaker and author on the topic of database product development. In addition to these academic credentials, from 1991 to 1999 Dr. Stryker was a part time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School where he taught a number of courses in its Entrepreneurial Center.


Published on Jan 15, 2015

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. This is an illumining and animated talk about how Data and Artificial Intelligence effect our every day lives. It provides a framework for anyone to understand data driven decision making process, and raises critical moral, ethical and legal questions that society needs to address to ensure that our rights are kept safe and that we safeguard our very own existence.

Daniel is the Founder and CEO of Satalia (NPComplete Ltd), a spin-out of UCL that provides a unique algorithmic technology and professional services to solve industries data-driven decision problems. He is passionate about emerging technology and regularly speaks at events with interests in Algorithms, Optimisation, Analytics, Big Data and the Future Internet. Daniel has been awarded a Masters in Computer Science with Machine Learning and Doctorate in Computational Complexity from UCL. He is the Director of UCL Business Analytics MSc, and has Senior Researcher and Lecturing positions in Computer Science and Management Science at UCL and Pearson College. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Big Innovation Centre, and has advisory and executive positions across world-wide companies in the area of Education, Analytics, Big Data, Data-driven Decision Making and Open-Innovation. He holds an international Kauffman Global Entrepreneur Scholarship and actively promotes entrepreneurship and technology innovation across the globe.


Published on Apr 3, 2014

Much can be done with online data. But did you know that computer wonks once determined that liking a Facebook page about curly fries means you’re also intelligent? Really. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so benign — and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.


Published on Feb 25, 2015

Dr David Stillwell’s is Research Manager at the Psychometrics Centre in Cambridge University. His research shows that Facebook data predicts personality as accurately as a psychological test. Facebook Likes predict your IQ; Tweets predict your personality. But we can’t do without cellphones, social networking, or web browsing, so how can we make people comfortable about their digital privacy?

Dr Stillwell will talk on the subject of how our electronic actions say a lot about us, not only the things that we might like to do, but also what we’re like psychologically. Therefore in future, this will impact how companies sell to us, how our government views us, and even on who wants to employ us. Dr David Stillwell’s is Research Manager at the Psychometrics Centre in Cambridge University. His research shows that Facebook data predicts personality as accurately as a psychological test. Facebook Likes predict your IQ; Tweets predict your personality. But we can’t do without cellphones, social networking, or web browsing, so how can we make people comfortable about their digital privacy? Dr Stillwell will talk on the subject of how our electronic actions say a lot about us, not only the things that we might like to do, but also what we’re like psychologically. Therefore in future, this will impact how companies sell to us, how our government views us, and even on who wants to employ us.


Further Resources

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down
Hannes Grassegger & Mikael Krogerus
Jan 28 2017, 10:15am

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin went data-gathering.

Big Data and Big Money have subverted our democracy
By Jeffrey D. Sachs
November 03, 2017

In American politics today, corporations reign supreme. Powerful corporations control American politics through Big Money and Big Data. Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress represent the ultimate corporate play, with the powers of the executive and legislative branches turned over to the most destructive corporate special interests.

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