Its postposed – sorry – fear not – we will meet next week if the Gods smile upon us and send warmth!
This is what we are missing tonight but can to look forward to another time
Neil is one of our regular speakers, here is a preview of his talk, based on two quotes:
Each day we create 2.5×1018 bytes of data. 90% of the data in the world to date was created in the last 2 years. As such, data acts as a currency, comparable to the nutritional intakes of living things or the flow of money.
The irony is that we have now entered a new surreal world, where post-truth trumps truth for a significant proportion of individuals, even those in the developed countries. It tips the balance of opinion on issues such as Brexit and the last American presidential election!
Data science as a term was coined in 2010. It supports a new breed of professionals with tools to cope with big data and to see the world in a new perspective. Are these acting for the good of man like the open science we know? Or are we vulnerable to elites, who have the means to exploit the findings from big data for their own ends? Man invented religion but elites soon took it over for their own benefit. We have not changed much but now have the advantage of open science. So, can we avoid falling into a similar trap this time round? Can we trust academics with a major concern over their revenues? I will take you through excursions into a number of disciplines and then will try to give an insight into the past evolution of data science and a look into its future. Hope to see you on Friday.
You can get a glimpse of my ideas here:
We live in interesting times. Fake News, Alternative Facts, Filter Bubbles, Echo Chambers, Peak Bullshit, Clickbait….we are suffering from Truth Decay……
We are living in the age of Post Truth, defined as increasing disagreement about facts, a blurring of the line between opinion and fact, an increase in the relative volume of opinion compared with fact, and lowered trust in formerly respected sources of factual information (news media,experts), where appeals to emotion and intuition trump appeals to reason and evidence. And not just in politics: consider the recent collapse in vaccination rates.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, influential thinkers have challenged the very notion of truth itself, seeking to redefine it. Historically there came the Pragmatists, then the Post Modernists and today the epic debate between Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson which has taken place, firstly on the internet, but has filled 10000 seater auditoriums from Vancouver to London. Peterson, who many are calling the most influential intellectual around today, has promoted the notion of Darwinian truth over scientific truth. What exactly does he mean by Darwinian truth and is he on to something?
David Archer will be talking about the links between tax justice and justice in education and other public services globally.
David is the Head of Civic Participation, Tax Justice and Public Services at ActionAid (www.actionaid.org), a co-founder of the Global Campaign for Education (www.campaignforeducation.org), Chair of the Right to Education Initiative (www.right-to-education.org), long term elected board member of the Global Partnership for Education (www.globalpartnership.org) and an active part of the tax justice movement globally (www.gatj.org).
So that’s it for 2018. But don’t despair, we already have our Spring 2019 programme underway. Have a look now!
Thanks to all our wonderful speakers, we hope you enjoyed giving your talks as much as we enjoyed listening.
Have a great Christmas and New Year