PoS seminar 20.9. with David J. Hand

At the next Perspectives on Science seminar on Monday 20.9., David J. Hand (Imperial College London) will give a presentation titled “Seeing through data – rewards and risks in modern data science”. The seminar takes place in Zoom from 2 to 4 pm.

Perspectives on Science is a weekly research seminar which brings together experts from science studies and philosophy of science. It is organized by TINT – Centre for Philosophy of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. More information about the seminar here.

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Modern data science has the potential to provide technology which will revolutionise the human condition, but all advanced technologies come with risks, and data technologies are no exception. I examine the potential and risks, looking at the challenges of new sources of data and new data analytic tools, and how to overcome these challenges. Contrary to popular opinion, the increasing use of very large data sets and machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms means that it is more important than ever to think carefully about problems and how to solve them.

Author bio:

David J. Hand is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and a Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College, London, where he previously chaired the Statistics Section. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a former President of the Royal Statistical Society. He has received the Guy Medal of the Royal Statistical Society, the Box Medal from the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics, and the International Research Medal of the IFCS. His books include Principles of Data MiningMeasurement Theory and PracticeThe Improbability PrincipleThe Wellbeing of Nations, and Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters.