"I remember my first day at university, I was one of those overly friendly people who introduced myself to everyone in a lecture theatre of a thousand and never saw those people again. I remember sitting there in that first term, one of the lecturers did say 'just be aware. we are another species, we're an animal, but the data would suggest that we're not going to be as successful as the dinosaurs.'"
Tag: stem education
Antony Green on Election Data Wrangling
Antony Green is well known as the ABC's Election Data Specialist, and he generously shared his time and expertise in a wide ranging conversation about the statistics of elections, how stats are misused, and what he wishes everyone knew about data. Turns out there's a vast amount of preparation that goes into those fascinating election night broadcasts.
Machines are unbiased, and other bedtime stories
When we use machine learning for really important things like recruitment and health, we need to be immensely cautious and rationally sceptical of the results that we get.
Raising Heretics on a Diet of Open Data
There's a lot of talk about boosting the pipeline. About getting more women and non binary folks into tech in general, and Data Science in particular. But as long as we focus on recruitment and, at a pinch, university education, as the means to address the problem, we will continue to fail, because we know that kids are being put off STEM, technology, and data skills as early as lower primary school.
There’s no such thing as Artificial Intelligence
There truly is no such thing as Artificial Intelligence. But, but ChatGPT, you cry! But self-driving cars! But The Algorithm! None of these are even close to intelligent. But how do we know?