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Data Science, Robots, and Disaster Recovery

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!

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Open Data is Important For Cities

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.

Coursera Ted Talk

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.