Size Matters - How Big Data Changes Everything

In the wake of all the rigmarole going on with the Snowden leaks and details of the NSA intelligence gathering apparatus, it's suddenly very clear to the average person just how much data is out there, and how difficult it must be to recognize, organize and filter it for a usable purpose. Even if we try to minimize our digital footprint, each of us nonetheless generates an incredible amount of data that represents US in the digital realm.

To talk us through what systems are used to parse such vast quantities of data into a usable format, we are happy to welcome Stuart Geiger to this month's BkkSci. Stuart's current research is on the intersection of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) that is often branded as "Big Data." These systems collect massive, diverse, and complex data sets, and then use this data to teach computers how to identify patterns and make decisions. Stuart will talk about his work both in building these automated agents to support the production of knowledge, and in studying how these systems are changing how scientists, governments, businesses, and ordinary people like you and me come know the world.  

Stuart is a computer scientist and philosopher of science who researches how information technology supports the production of knowledge. He is currently a Ph.D student at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, and has previously worked for the Federation of American Scientists and the Wikimedia Foundation. His previous projects have focused on the emergence of computer simulations in biochemistry, data sharing systems in ecology and climate science, and collaboration and conflict resolution in Wikipedia

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  • Aek L

    Interesting but not the subject that I would be overly enthusiastically about.

    October 1, 2013

    • Jeff

      Probably a good thing that you missed the meeting then.

      October 1, 2013

  • Stuart G.

    Hi everyone! I had a really great time talking with all of you last night -- you were a fantastic audience. Thanks so much for the kind words, and I hope to see you again soon!

    3 · September 26, 2013

  • ThomasWanhoff

    Well prepared talk, enlightening and entertaining at the same time. Thanks Stuart and please let it not be the last talk.

    September 26, 2013

  • Peter F.

    Great talk, excellent information, well presented. Hats off to our able and entertaining speaker.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Andreas

    Fantastic talk. My bet is that we'll see Stuart on a bigger stage in not-to-distant-future. He clearly knows what he's talking about. Clearly, he LOVES talking about it. And clearly, is very GOOD at talking about the things he love. And that's very good combination ;-)

    2 · September 26, 2013

  • Peter F.

    Great talk. I thought I'd share a service I use to get involved in analysis (as an Economist and Data Analyst) aimed at building understanding and analysing large public and private data sets. www.kaggle.com creates competitions in predicting data outcomes by giving users partial data sets and allowing them to attempt to predict the outcomes of the whole datasets. It hopes to educate and walks users through the methods.

    2 · September 26, 2013

  • Claudio C.

    Terrific talk. It's always inspiring to hear someone so sharp who is also a thoughtful communicator.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Taiwaree

    Sorry I couldn't make it today.

    September 25, 2013

  • Susan C

    Sorry, I got accepted for another event first. Hope someone else can get a spot.

    September 25, 2013

  • Jo

    Sorry, won't be able to make it. Have changed my RSVP and hope someone will go in my place. Have fun!

    September 25, 2013

    • Kelwalin

      I'm in waiting list. Can I go? :)

      September 25, 2013

  • Ray

    great subject. another alternative given demand maybe a second night if the presenter doesn't mind. Good business for Café Tartine too :-)

    September 25, 2013

  • ipsita

    isnt it easier to move to a bigger venue or stream it..? then we can have alternate bkk scifi simultaneously in another venue :)

    September 24, 2013

  • philipp d.

    I live around the corner would be nice if I can sneak in

    September 20, 2013

  • Victoria B.

    Sorry to miss Big Data (in NZ currently) which seems to have supplanted Big Oil as a topical theme!
    My Minute Data was hacked into - scum even wrote to my bank along with begging4money letters to all contacts, some hardly known, and 1.5 decades of emails wiped: I now use 2-step verification...any suggestions to avoid this again would be appreciated.
    Having just been given an android smartphone I'm a little worried about the security factor too.

    September 17, 2013

    • Jeff

      Try big oil using big data ;)

      September 18, 2013

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