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big data | Jun 27th, 2016

New Videos: Jordan Ellenberg Runs the Numbers

Jordan Ellenberg sees math everywhere. Behind each of our decisions are unseen forces, equations with tangible, real-world outcomes, and Ellenberg lays them bare in fascinating keynotes. His book How Not to Be Wrong (named to Bill Gates’s summer 2016 reading list) unearths the mathematical... Continue Reading →
big data | Jun 1st, 2016

Decision-Making, Revisited: Introducing New Speaker Katherine Milkman

Every day, we make decisions that impact our lives for the worse or better—decisions that shape our reality. But too often, we make the wrong one. We skip the treadmill. We pick fries over salad. We spend when we should save. If we know what’s good for us, why do we so often shirk the better choice?... Continue Reading →
big data | May 17th, 2016

What’s on Bill Gates’s Nightstand? Jordan Ellenberg’s How Not to Be Wrong

Every year, Bill Gates releases his summer reading list—the books that influence him, and in turn, shape thought in the wider world. He’s praised books by Lavin speakers in the past (Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature, Jared Diamond’s The World Until Yesterday), and gracing the list... Continue Reading →
big data | Feb 2nd, 2016

First Look: Adam Segal’s New Book, The Hacked World Order

The Internet as libertarian utopia—a boundless source of free information, unimpeded economic exchange, and virtual anonymity—is certainly not the Internet of today (or tomorrow). Or so argues Adam Segal, Director of Cyberspace and Digital Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, in his upcoming... Continue Reading →
big data | Aug 18th, 2015

Jer Thorp on Data for More Than Just the Elite in Gorgeous New Video

Check out this new thought-provoking video with data expert Jer Thorp. Thorp uses data to help us understand the human condition. “We’re in this very weird situation where more is known about the human experience than ever before,” he says, “but not by the humans who are experiencing it … Right now,... Continue Reading →
big data | Feb 11th, 2015

Math and Mating: Big Data Speaker Christian Rudder on OKCupid

OKCupid co-founder and Dataclysm author Christian Rudder knows his way around data—he controls one of the most incredible information troves when it comes to our dating habits. Luckily, he’s done an amazing job reading that data—long before "big data" was a buzz phrase—and converting it into a best... Continue Reading →
big data | Dec 9th, 2014

Big Data Vs. "Cool Gurus": Jeremy Gutsche on Market Research for the Digital Age

As the founder of Trendhunter.com, speaker Jeremy Gutsche relentlessly tracks and finds The Next Big Thing—that valuable but elusive commodity—for a global audience that generates millions of views a month. But how can businesses jump on board? In a major article, Profit Magazine features Gutsche... Continue Reading →
big data | Dec 2nd, 2014

The Same Old Songs: Is Big Data Saving (or Destroying) the Music Biz? Derek Thompson

Why do new hit songs sound exactly like old hit songs? Is the music business allergic to artistic innovation—or just savvy about what its customers really want? And why does the top 1 percent of bands now account for nearly 80% of all revenue from recorded music? In a major Atlantic article, Lavin... Continue Reading →
big data | Sep 25th, 2014

“Big Data Had More to Offer”: FiveThirtyEight Profiles Christian Rudder of OKCupid

“OKCupid discovered earlier than most what data could tell us,” writes the website FiveThirtyEight in a lengthy profile of big data speaker—and OKCupid cofounder—Christian Rudder, who released his first book, Dataclysm, to great acclaim earlier this month. “By assembling users’ clicks and keystrokes... Continue Reading →
big data | Sep 2nd, 2014

First Look: Christian Rudder's New Book Dataclysm Examines Who We Are

As the cofounder of popular dating site OK Cupid, Christian Rudder has access to a lot of data—a lot of very personal data. But instead of using it to spy on us or sell us products, he has written a new book that reveals a new way of seeing ourselves: Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's... Continue Reading →
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