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  • March 27, 2014 - April 10, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Creating Culture in Virtual Worlds

Join a conversation with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell and MIT Researcher Todd Harper as they discuss the ways in which cultural values are both created and represented in digital media. Explore how online communities and computer code both give rise to shared values - through the interactions between people online, as well as the underlying computational structure of video games, websites, and other online communities.

D. Fox Harrell is Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT in the Comparative Media Studies Program and in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Todd Harper is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the MIT Game Lab.


Thursday, April 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Social Physics: Beyond Economics and Org Charts

When big data meets social science: social physics, collective intelligence, and more!

From Google to the NSA, personal information has become the currency of our era. When big data meets social science, a new understanding of human society emerges which radically changes how we make decisions and respond to global challenges. Big data-driven research such as social physics and “crowdsourcing” collective intelligence offer the promise of better policy decisions. But is the cost too high? How can we leverage the enormous opportunities available through big data, while still protecting individual privacy?

Join Yaneer Bar-Yam of the New England Complex Systems Institute in discussion with Sandy Pentland of the MIT Media Lab about the convergence of big data with social science.

Watch previous TalkBack 360 discussions.

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