Robin Murphy has one of the coolest job titles I have ever read, Disaster Roboticist. At Texas A&M, she works on developing advanced robots for disaster recovery.
In this Ted talk, she outlines some of the capabilities of the robots and how the robots work. One quote at the end really caught my attention.
So really, “disaster robotics” is a misnomer. It’s not about the robots. It’s about the data.
The robots are collecting data and that data needs analysis!
Ben Wellington gives an excellent Ted Talk on open data. He argues that cities need to make more of an effort to release data in a standardized and machine-readable format. This could help cities be safer and fiscally responsible. He is hoping New York City sets the standards for open data for cities. As a bonus, he is a wonderful story teller.
Once again, Hans tells a great story with data.
Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor of The Economist and co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, gives a wonderful talk about data. It is well worth the 15 minutes.
Collaboration is going to become an extremely important part of business strategy. Data Science will be a part of that.
Daphne Koller of Coursera gives a very intriguing TedTalk. She even throws out some good data. The machine learning class would have to be taught on-campus for 250 years to reach the same amount of students enrolled in the online class last fall. Here are some other impressive numbers.
- 640,000 students
- 190 countries
- 1.5 million enrollments
- 6 million quizzes
- 14 million videos viewed
Those are some impressive numbers. Daphne also provided the following quote.
In many of our [online] courses, the median response time for a question on the question and answer forum was 22 minutes — which is not a level of service I have ever offered to my Stanford students.
Watch the video below. What coursera is doing is completely fascinating. In the second half of the video, she shows some examples of how Coursera is using data to improve education.
Hans Rosling does it again. Hans may be the best storyteller of data on earth. He has a real gift of turning data into an exciting story. He also asks great questions and has some good wit. The whole goal of this TedTalk is to answer the following question.
Do women of certain religions have more babies?
Hans Rosling, co-founder of GapMinder Foundation, provides a good Ted Talk about HIV in the world. He does an excellent job of using data to highlight countries(not continents) that have the most serious problems. He also states some reasons why HIV/AIDS is not dropping off as quickly in some rich countries.
Here is a second Ted Talk by Hans Rosling. This one is a bit more entertaining, but it still contains excellent use of data. Hint: He shows why the washing machine is so important.
This is a very entertaining Ted Talk about how what books can tell us over time. Just watch the video.
Jer Thorp gives a nice Ted Talk about making data more useful to humans. Jer is really good at making data tell a story. Watch the video to learn some more about what he does with data.
He also mentions an app he helped build. It is called OpenPaths, and it allows iPhone users to freely share their location information with researchers.