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Big data or big stalker?

Past event - 2017
15 May doors open 7pm
starts 7:30pm
end 9:30pm
Attic Bar, Full Moon 1 North Street, Stokes Croft,
Bristol BS1 3PR
Sold Out!
Our information is everywhere, no one know what is on the internet about one selves and even worse, if it's actually true or just nonsense. Join us to discuss the controversy of big data in society! Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility. 

Big Data used for Justice

The increasing use of big data for decision-making in society raises a number of ethical puzzles. In this talk, I'll consider one of the problems that arises if we use it in the criminal justice system. Suppose, for instance, that we convict someone for a crime on the grounds that they belong to a group whose members are statistically very likely to have committed that sort of crime. What are the ethical implications of this? Is it fair? Is it just?

The Meme War

Nonsense vs. science in a post truth world
Carl Sagan called the scientific method a candle in the dark. He characterised it as all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness of a demon haunted world. In 1996 when he died, Google was born. Five years later the first Wikipedia entries were created and by 2007 Google’s Sky project had put the awesome power of space based telescopes on our desktops. Why then is rejection of science more commonplace in our society than ever before? Can information engineers do anything about the epidemic replication of dangerous nonsense?