Go Figure: Predicting the World with Math

Every Google search, OKCupid date, and Netflix recommendation, and even the items and prices you see at the grocery store is uses massive amounts of data. Algorithms of increasing complexity make sense of this ever-expanding mountain of data, and are helping us achieve unprecedented insights into medicine and other fields, create even more powerful computers, and much more. Watch scientists James Fowler, Steven Strogatz, Andrew Lo, and Seth Lloyd crunch the numbers in “Go Figure: Predicting the World With Math,” part of the Big Ideas series from the 2014 World Science Festival.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Original Program date: June 1, 2014
Host: Ira Flatow
Participants: James Fowler, Steven Strogatz, Andrew W. Lo, Seth Lloyd

Predicting the World with Math introduction. 00:00

Ira Flatow’s Introduction. 1:35

Participant Introductions. 2:42

How much data is there in the world? 4:35

What is big data and machine learning? 11:24

Will we need new tools to analyze all of this data? 14:00

Will we be able to track everything you do 24/7? 19:57

Are there ant natural algorithms that can predict our world? 26:36

Can we use FaceBook to make predictions of the world? 34:18

Does god play dice with the universe? 42:32

Asking better questions to get better data. 50:06

Can we predict when society will change it’s mind? 59:05

How will quantum computing change the future? 1:05:17

Predicting how a disease will spread. 1:13:05

Why was the SARS epidemic stunted from predictions? 1:17:43

How do you all approach a problem from your different decisions. 1:21:23

Demographics and marketing in a social world. 1:27:26
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