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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 | 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 | Aug 18th, 2014

Data on the Delta: Jer Thorp's Experiment in Live-Data Tracking

Data artist and current Lavin speaker-at-large Jer Thorp just let us know that he’s about to take his work off the continent—specifically, exploring the Okavanga Delta in Botswana with a team of scientists, artists, and engineers. The most exciting component of the trip will be the live-data... Continue Reading →
big data | Jun 12th, 2014

Jer Thorp: We Need a New Bill of Rights for Data Privacy [VIDEO]

According to data artist and big data speaker Jer Thorp, we’re getting a raw deal when it comes to our raw data. With increasing ease, we give up our personal information to sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest without knowing what’s going to happen with it. “Right now it’s like... Continue Reading →
big data | Mar 3rd, 2014

Live at Lavin: Douglas Stephens on Big Data's Retail Revolution [VIDEOS]

In a recent visit to Lavin's Toronto office, Douglas Stephens spoke to us about big data—what it is, how it should be used, and what its potential really is. Stephens is one of the most influential retail futurists on the planet. He constantly has his finger on the pulse of what's new, what's hot,... Continue Reading →
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