The way we use data is a life or death matter – from the refugee crisis to COVID-19

An algorithm driven world is dehumanising – but by understanding this we can call for a more equitable and human use of data.

Monika Halkort, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Social Communication, Lebanese American University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~22 min

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Machine learning comes of age in cystic fibrosis

World-leading AI technology developed by the Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine and their colleagues – some of which is being showcased this week at the North

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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How a new way of parsing COVID-19 data began to show the breadth of health gaps between Blacks and whites

Getting the real answers on health gaps requires a deep dive into the demographics.

David R. Buys, State Health Specialist and Associate Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  big-data  pandemic  mississippi  health-disparities  demographics  population-data

Fitness tracker data could predict your marathon performance – new research

Training data collected by fitness trackers may be useful to predict marathon performance

Barry Smyth, Professor of Computer Science, University College Dublin • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~4 min

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High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

Police forces across the country now have access to surveillance technologies that were recently available only to national intelligence services. The digitization of bias and abuse of power followed.

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Professor of Law, American University • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~9 min

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We're measuring online conversation to track the social and mental health issues surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic

America's news reports and social media chatter open a window into the nation's psyche. An AI-based text analysis of these words shows that the coronavirus is driving up familiar social ills.

Amit Sheth, Founding Director, Artificial Intelligence Institute, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

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Women in STEM: Dr Anita Faul

Dr Anita Faul is a Teaching Associate at the Cavendish Laboratory and a Fellow of Selwyn College, where she specialises in algorithms. Here, she tells us about what it's like to teach at Cambridge and whether we can trust the answers that computers give us. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 8, 2019 ~4 min

 machine-learning  women-in-stem  artificial-intelligence  big-data

Computer searches telescope data for evidence of distant planets | MIT News

Machine-learning system uses physics principles to augment data from NASA crowdsourcing project.

Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office • mit
March 29, 2018 ~7 min

 machine-learning  astronomy  artificial-intelligence  big-data  research  school-of-engineering  school-of-science  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  computer-science-and-technology  aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering  planetary-science  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science  eaps  earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Political Methodology Lab to dig deep into new kinds of data | MIT News

Founder Teppei Yamamoto designs new tools to comprehend political behavior transformed by digital technology.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Feb. 15, 2018 ~7 min

 social-media  politics  big-data  policy  social-sciences  research  government  behavior  democracy  technology-and-society  political-science  shass  voting-and-elections

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