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A Little Bit More About Big Data

December 13, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Co-sponsored by: Boston Section, life members affiliate group

Big Data just keeps getting bigger, and it may be that we have gone past a tipping point on applications.
What if you could cross connect thousands of data points on every person in the U.S.?  What f you
could run human medical/psychological tests on thousands or millions of volunteers without
any “human subject review committee?”. What if you could target custom ads at each individual,
knowing their preferences, purchasing history, and personality traits?  What if examining a few pictures
of a persons face you would have a high probability of accurately associating them with a capital offense?
What if connecting the gun purchasing database into other data stores could identify highly likely suicide or violent
offenders? All but the last one of these potential applications is “so last year.” It is time to be
aware of the uses, and potential abuses of big data, and consider what it means for our future.
 (Based on a recent life long learning class: Little Issues with Big Data and AI, Syllabus for said class has links to relevent resources)


3:30 Coffee and Cookies

3:50 intro video (CEO of Cambridge Analytica describing his big data system)

4PM Presentation followed by discussion, questions, concerns, whatever

Bldg: Lincoln Lab Cafeteria
244 Wood Street
Lexington, Massachusetts


December 13, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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