February 22, 2018

Episode 119: There is No Such Thing as Big Data

We preview the final lecture in the 2018 UA College of Science lecture series which deals with modern day computers, AI, machine learning and big data.

UA Science Lecture Series 6: There Is No Such Thing as Big Data Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Vice President, Academic Initiatives and Student Success and Professor, School of Geography and Development, presents the last in a series of six lectures on artificial intelligence (AI).

The final presentation in this year’s Science Lecture Series will be with Vincent J. Del Casino, Professor in the School of Geography and Development. This talk challenges the notion that big data are what people believe they are – large, singular inanimate manifestations of our proxy selves – and argues that there is no “big data” really, just millions of small bits and pieces brought together through a series of algorithmic possibilities. But big data analytics and the robotic futures that they engender are clearly producing anxieties for everyday social life and institutions, such as the university, have to manage these anxieties as they rethink themselves in relation to big data analytics and their concomitant robotic futures.

Watch the full lecture online here

In this episode:

Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr., Vice President, Academic Initiatives and Professor in the School of Geography and Development
Tim Swindle**, Ph.D., Director and Head of the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Lab

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