Data, data everywhere

By Marta Stelmaszak | Collection about articles on data, analytics, algorithms and their consequences.

LSE Lit Fest 2017: Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek

<i>What unites the emergence of diverse terms such as ‘gig economy’, ‘sharing economy’ and ‘attention economy’? In</i> <b>Platform Capitalism</b><i>,</i> <b>Nick Srnicek</b><i></i> …

Sharing Economy

Why don’t we just... stop measuring ourselves all the time?

Sometimes, when we take a step back, the world can seem a little bit like a bad dystopian sci-fi film. Take for example the many ways we are …

The Economist Radio (All audio) by The Economist on Apple Podcasts

Big Data: Power, Potential, and Perils

Education Unbundled: What knowledge will we lose if we automate the professions?

<b>Automating the Professions</b><p>Unique among the outpouring of articles and books about automation over the last few years, Richard and Daniel Susskind …

Intelligence

Is Facebook Tough on Women? Let's Check the Data

Simpson's paradox makes that question difficult to answer.<p>Does Facebook discriminate against female engineers? It’s a question that may take more than one statistical analysis to answer.<p>The issue has gained prominence thanks to the research of a former Facebook Inc. engineer, who -- according to …

Machine learning in the world around you

Can Colleges Use Data to Fix What Ails the Lecture?

John R. Barker paces the front of the lecture hall, gesturing at slides with a laser pointer and explaining to a room full of undergraduates how …

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Don’t Let Facebook Make You Miserable

IT is now official. Scholars have analyzed the data and confirmed what we already knew in our hearts. Social media is making us miserable.<p>We are all dimly aware that everybody else can’t possibly be as successful, rich, attractive, relaxed, intellectual and joyous as they appear to be on Facebook. …

Social Media

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

'This oversteps a boundary': teenagers perturbed by Facebook surveillance

News that Facebook shared teens’ details with advertisers throws focus on firm’s ability to mine the data of its 2 billion users – and raises serious ethical questions<p>Facebook told advertisers it can identify teens feeling ‘worthless’<p>We know that Facebook keeps track of every like, click and post …

Facebook

Big Data Pipelines and Machine Learning at Uber

How does the Marketplace org at Uber ingest, store, query and analyze big data? What does our ML infrastructure look like?

Big Data: Are We Giving Up Control?

The first big data project commenced in 1937 America, where the government attempted to record the social security contributions of its 26 million …

Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand

The new availability of huge amounts of data, along with the statistical tools to crunch these numbers, offers a whole new way of understanding the …

Machine Learning

Courts Are Using AI to Sentence Criminals. That Must Stop Now

There is a stretch of highway through the Ozark Mountains where being data-driven is a hazard.<p>WIRED OPINION<p>About<p>Jason Tashea (@justicecodes), a …

Big Bang Data: Dear Data

THE PROJECT

We all thought having more data was better. We were wrong.

“Little data” is not exactly a sexy, attention-grabbing topic. But is more and bigger data really better?<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>For years, the mantra in the world of …

Big Data

The Best Kept Secret in Data Science

Big Data is a big pain. Humans are generating data five times faster than the rate of economic growth. Each day we create 2.5 Exabytes of new data, …

Man vs. machine: the ICO provides guidance on use of Big Data

As the European data protection framework evolves, big data remains a hot topic. Often, what makes up these large data sets is personal data, so it …

Uber reportedly tracked Lyft drivers using a secret software program named ‘Hell’

Another day, another revelation of an ethically questionable business practice by Uber. This time The Information reports that Uber secretly tracked Lyft drivers using an internal software program it dubbed Hell.<p>Hell not only let Uber see how many Lyft drivers were available for rides and what …

Uber

How do universities use big data?

You could say it was bold. You could say it was crazy; maybe even arrogant. But I decided that if Georgia State was going to do something really big, …

A Big Fat Big Data Failure Illustrates its Problems

Big Data is huge. Everybody wants it. If you're not doing it, you're hopelessly antiquated. But it has serious flaws. The high-profile role played by Big Data in the recent election provides an excellent example. Calling those efforts a "face-plant" is kind. In addition to illustrating many of the …

Elections

When Apps Secretly Team Up to Steal Your Data

An analysis of the top 100,000 Android apps found tens of thousands of pairings that leak sensitive data.<p>Imagine two employees at a large bank: an analyst who handles sensitive financial information and a courier who makes deliveries outside the company. As they go about their day, they look like …

Apps

Self-Driving and Electric Cars Are Going to Have Tons of Strange Effects on Society

Electric cars will be good for the planet and autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of road accidents. That much we know. But what other impacts …

Electric Vehicles