Big Data Can Track Students. Can It Improve Education?

From the EdSurge news page, we learn that colleges and universities are discovering the benefits of big data. It’s no secret that colleges and universities have to do a lot more with less these days—or face closure. Whether because of high…

Machine Learning Roundup

Machine learning is that branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) devoted to “teaching” computers to perform tasks without explicit instructions, relying on inferences gained from the absorption and processing of patterns. There’s been pretty amazing…

Doing Health Care Automation the Right Way

Health technology is an ancient concept. There were prosthetics in ancient Egypt a thousand years before the birth of Jesus, stethoscopes and x-rays emerged in the 19th century, and in the mid-19th century, transistors were developed to aid in…

AI and the Danger of Fake Data

Sapa Profiles, an Oregon-based metals manufacturer, supplied fake data along with its materials to NASA, causing rockets to burst into flames and costing hundreds the agency of millions of dollars. A report alleging fake votes in the recent Indian…

Companies Big and Small Grapple with Data AI Ethics

Five years ago, in The Data Revolution, Rob Kitchin defined “Big Data Ethics” as the construction of systems of right and wrong in relation to the use of (in particular) personal data. The magnitude of data use, and its effect on things like…

Four Ways Big Data Can Teach Us About People

Well, we spent almost two billion dollars on political digital ads last year around the world, and that’s a low number compared to what we’ll spend next year. We don’t need to walk through the dozens of articles published every month on the…

Reputation & Read Rate Roundup

In just the last few weeks, perhaps because we’re jumping into new political and marketing campaign seasons, a few articles have popped up on read and response rate. One common denominator in rate enhancement is the maintenance of a good sender…

Musings on Nonprofits, Advocacy Campaigns, and Big Data

I’m a big fan of how entrepreneurs can use and manage data, but nonprofits have to use and manage data too. Most people know (or would not be surprised to learn) that data append services help nonprofits data-cleanse at the end of the year. This is…

Don’t Get Berned by Text Scamming

Last week, lots of folks noticed an unusually heavy rainstorm of texts from sources claiming to be associated with the Bernie Sanders for President campaign–although the campaign had only just begun. One responses was from Anne Laurie, a Daily Kos…

Looking into 2019, AI and Data Revisited

At the end of 2018 I published a post citing Cynthia Harvey, who had herself cited a Deloitte survey with bleak predictions tabout companies’ use of AI. That survey had indicated that while more companies (in various industries, not just marketing…