On October 22, ShiftKey Labs had the pleasure of hosting a viewing of the award-winning movie The Human Face of Big Data as well as a post-movie discussion led by Stan Matwin, Director of the Institute for Big Data Analytics. During the discussion, Dr. Matwin explored key points in the movie and their impact on our personal and professional lives. This event was open to anyone who was interested – and we certainly saw a lot of interest. The timing of the event could not have been better, following on the heels of another very exciting big data event in Halifax – the Big Data Productivity Congress 2015.
ShiftKey Labs planned and executed this event and promoted it cross-institutionally. We were pleased to present both an acclaimed film and speaker to our members and broader community.
For anyone who missed it, the movie synopsis is featured below:
The Human Face of Big Data captures an extraordinary revolution sweeping, almost invisibly, through business, academia, government, healthcare, and everyday life. It’s already enabling us
- to provide healthier lives for our children;
- to provide our seniors with independence while keeping them safe;
- to help us conserve precious resources like water and energy;
- to alert us to tiny changes in our health, weeks or years before we develop a life-threatening illness;
- to peer into our own individual genetic makeup;
- to create new forms of life;
- and soon, as many predict, to re-engineer our own species. And we’ve barely scratched the surface…
This massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time is allowing us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Yet, as Edward Snowden and the release of the NSA documents has shown, the accessibility of all this data can come at a steep price.