What the internet can tell us about who we are
By the end of an average day, human beings searching the internet amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. In these internet searches, people confess their secrets, about sexless marriages, mental health problems, even racist views.
This huge database of secrets – unprecedented in human history – offers astonishing, even revolutionary, insights into humankind. Could this just bethe most important dataset ever collected?
Integrity 20’18 |
Filmed 25 Oct 2018
Venue Conservatorium Theatre
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
South Bank, Brisbane
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (http://sethsd.com/) received a BA in philosophy from Stanford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a PhD in economics from Harvard. His research – which uses new, big data sources to uncover hidden behaviours and attitudes – has appeared in the Journal of Public Economics and other prestigious publications. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Everybody Lies: What the Internet Tells Us About Who We Really Are. He lives in New York City.