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How to be Human in the Age of Algorithms
Brown University MacMillan Hall Room 117
Providence, RI
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Thursday Sep 27, 2018 6:30 PM - Thursday Sep 27, 2018 8:30 PM | Free


How to be Human in the Age of Algorithms
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:00pm: light refreshments
6:30pm: lecture begins

Brown University
MacMillan Hall, Room 117
167 Thayer Street

This event is free and open to the public.
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Members of the community are invited to attend an ICERM public lecture that will explore how, for decades, human activities and decisions have been supported by algorithms. In her talk, Dr. Hannah Fry will explain how algorithms are the hidden rules and instructions that help our computers to process data and run complex calculations, and how in recent years, algorithms have moved from a supporting to a starring role. As our machines have become more powerful, the algorithms have become more sophisticated - so much so that they are now in control of potentially life-changing decisions. In the courts, algorithms decide if jail time is warranted. In hospitals, they match organ donors to waiting patients. And on the streets, they steer driverless cars. In each of these scenarios, wrong decisions can lead to tragic outcomes.

In this talk, Dr. Fry will explore our relationships with algorithms, the responsibilities we give them, and the impact they are having on our societies - including the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Hannah Fry ( is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL where she studies patterns in human behavior. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots, and terrorism. Hannah s expertise has lent itself to a number of critically acclaimed BBC documentaries where she has presented City in the Sky, Horizon: Finding Love Online and Britains Greatest Invention (BBC2), The Joy of Data, Contagion!: The BBC Four Pandemic, Trainspotting Live and Calculating Ada (BBC Four). Her radio programs include Music By Numbers (BBC R1), The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry and Computing Britain (BBC R4). As an author, Hannah has written: The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation (Simon & Schuster/ Ted, Feb 2015), The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas (Transworld, 2016) and Hello World (Transworld, 2018).

Hosted by The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM).


Brown University MacMillan Hall Room 117 (View)
167 Thayer St
Providence, RI 02906
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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