Looking for Humanity in Data

Data isn't only a story of numbers … or information … or insight. We forget, it is also about the people who interpret that data. Looking for Humanity in Data seeks to explain the ways in which behavioral data represents the mind and emotions of those who generate it. We do this by engaging with data science specialists and practitioners in this space. Our purpose is to translate from the scientific to the every day impact of technology on the individual. We'll discuss topics about information collection, privacy and governance, increased contextualization and what is at stake for everyone.
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May 31, 2016

dennis mortensen

Welcome Dennis Mortensen, Founder and CEO of (xdotai), a personal assistant in the form of artificial intelligence, who schedules meetings for you. You may know these assistants as Amy or Andrew Ingram.

Dennis is a pioneer and expert in the analytics, optimization and big data space and has been since its inception. He is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur and successfully delivered a number of company exits including one to Yahoo! Dennis is also an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, and the Author of Data Driven Insights.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The rise of cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, threatening traditional business models.
  • XdotAI: how it all began with the pain of meeting scheduling.
  • The reality: AI will deliver net job growth, NOT losses.
  • The importance of understanding language and being singularly focused.
  • What is the vision for in the next 5 years?


May 11, 2016

Welcome Chris Diehl and David Gutelius, Co-Founders of The Data Guild, which create data driven solutions that tackle some of the world's toughest challenges.

As Data Science proliferates the ability to marry of disparate sources of information and uncover relationships among entities continues to surface new solutions that was not possible even a decade ago.

Both Chris and David have extensive experience in designing and developing advanced analytics for companies like Jive, Proximial Labs, DARPA, and John Hopkins University to name a few. This episode was a pleasant learning experience for me as it allowed me to see an altruistic side of Data Science that may be not be readily apparent in this age of perpetual tech disruption.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Business transformation: "Out with the old mindset".
  • The mission of the Data Guild and where it all began.
  • Faer: the Data Guild's data-driven solution for the health care industry.
  • "Marketing is Spam. Real engagement makes people happy, fulfilled, heard and  motivated." David and Chris discuss their new product, Motion, and how this will tackle some of today's challenges in marketing.
  • What is the vision for Data Guild in the coming decade?