Overview Talk: Social Physics: Toward A Computational Understanding of Society

Toward A Computational Understanding of Society | Prof. Alex Pentland, MIT, UN Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Abstract: New “big data" analytics now provide a computational framework for dramatically better understanding of human societies.   This new capability is revolutionizing both governments and industry, but if it is to be most effective we need new approaches to data analytics, new “AI" capabilities, and new communication architectures.   I will describe the surprising recent progress on these three topics.

Speaker’s Biography

Bio: Professor Alex “Sandy" Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States.   He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies. He is a member of the U.S. National Academies and leader within the World Economic Forum. His most recent books are `Social Physics,’ published by Penguin Press, and ‘Honest Signals‘, published by MIT Press.