Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

Event has passed (Wed Jan 22, 2014 - Wed Jan 22, 2014)
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF)
7:00 pm


Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel, Harvard University

Every day, 2.5 billion gigabytes of data are created. What can this “big data” tell us? Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel, two young Harvard scientists, teamed up with Google to mine the Google Books archive, a collection of 5 million books from across centuries. Their results can help us learn how human language evolves, how art has been censored, how fame grows and fades, and how nations trend toward war. Discover how Big Data is changing the game.

"One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious and endlessly creative young scientists."
– Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature