Data isn't only a story of numbers … or information … or insight. We forget, it is also about the people who interpret that data.
Looking for Humanity in Data seeks to explain the ways in which behavioral data represents the mind and emotions of those who generate it.
We do this by engaging with data science specialists and practitioners in this space. Our purpose is to translate from the scientific to the every day impact of technology on the individual.
We'll discuss topics about information collection, privacy and governance, increased contextualization and what is at stake for everyone.
May 31, 2016
Welcome Dennis Mortensen, Founder and CEO of x.ai (xdotai), a personal assistant in the form of artificial intelligence, who schedules meetings for you. You may know these assistants as Amy or Andrew Ingram. Dennis is a pioneer and expert in the analytics, optimization and big data space and has been since its inception. He is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur and successfully delivered a number of company exits including one to Yahoo! Dennis is also an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, and the Author of Data Driven Insights. In this episode we discuss: The rise of cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, threatening traditional business models. XdotAI: how it all began with the pain of meeting scheduling. The reality: AI will deliver net job growth, NOT losses. The importance of understanding language and being singularly focused. What is the vision for x.ai in the next 5 years?
May 11, 2016
Welcome Chris Diehl and David Gutelius, Co-Founders of The Data Guild, which create data driven solutions that tackle some of the world's toughest challenges. As Data Science proliferates the ability to marry of disparate sources of information and uncover relationships among entities continues to surface new solutions that was not possible even a decade ago. Both Chris and David have extensive experience in designing and developing advanced analytics for companies like Jive, Proximial Labs, DARPA, and John Hopkins University to name a few. This episode was a pleasant learning experience for me as it allowed me to see an altruistic side of Data Science that may be not be readily apparent in this age of perpetual tech disruption. In this episode we discuss: Business transformation: "Out with the old mindset". The mission of the Data Guild and where it all began. Faer: the Data Guild's data-driven solution for the health care industry. "Marketing is Spam. Real engagement makes people happy, fulfilled, heard and motivated." David and Chris discuss their new product, Motion, and how this will tackle some of today's challenges in marketing. What is the vision for Data Guild in the coming decade?
April 12, 2016
Welcome Jonathan Kreindler, CEO and Co-Founder of Receptiviti. Receptiviti is a language-based personality analytics technology company.
In this episode we discuss:
James Pennebaker's (Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Receptiviti) work in the study of written language and as a way to understand people, their emotions, prediction of behaviours.
The two classes of words and how this impacts understanding of human psychology.
The fallacy of Meyers' Briggs (MBTI Personality Scoring)
How can Receptiviti be applied to the organization
What is the vision for Receptivity in the next 5-10 years?
March 7, 2016
Welcome Rob High. Rob is an IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group. He has overall responsibility to drive Watson Solutions, technical strategy and thought leadership. As a key member of the Watson Solutions Leadership team, Rob works collaboratively with the Watson engineering, research, and development teams across IBM.
In this episode we discuss:
The definition of cognitive computing
How Watson aiding the advancement of health care
Chef Watson and recommendation on recipes
Advanced cognitive systems and how they're applied across different mediums
The future of AI - Should humans be fearful?
Feb. 17, 2016
Welcome David Lebow, inventor and CEO of HyLighter.
David received his PhD in Instructional Systems Design from FSU in 1995 and has won several national awards for his work in the area of computer-enhanced collaborative learning environments. His current interest is on the future of Social Machines. David is currently developing a Sense-making-as-a-Service business for open data.
In this episode, David talks about:
Hylighter's view of sensemaking and the notion of intertexuality
comparison of the evolving machine age(s)
social machines and impact on man and future of jobs
the building of Hylighter from its serendipitous roots and its evolution
Hylighter, collaboration and the future of education
Jan. 2, 2016
Welcome Nitin Mayande, Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Tellagence.
Nitin's love for science led to launching a startup that changes the face of network intelligence.
In this episode, Nitin talks about:
the symbiotic relationship between technology and social processes
social as a continuous evolution
the new communication dynamics that will transform how companies relate to customers and employees
the ethos of volunteerism
the building of Tellagence with Co-founder Matt Hixson and how this profoundly defies the traditional definition of influence
the future of communication within business and e-commerce