22 Jan 2014 12:00pm - 2:30pm Seminar Room, Jack King Building, Wolfson College


This event has had to be postponed until a later date. A new date is being arranged and all those who have registered will be informed shortly.


Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor of The Economist and co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, opens a special seminar which asks if the deluge of digital information holds the key to new ways of understanding the world. David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, will be leading the discussion in the second part of the seminar, along with other researchers from the University's newly-formed Cambridge Big Data strategic research initiative, and the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network. The event will explore the potential and the perils of shifting the focus of analysis from causation to correlation, as companies and governments use the huge amounts of data generated by social media, sensor networks and online transactions to predict everything from the scale of a flu epidemic to social unrest.

Read a review of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier online here.

This event is open to all, but pre-registration is required as sandwich lunch will be provided.  To book your place please use the online registration link on this page.

Organised by Cambridge Big Data and Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

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