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.