“Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the Web like deer on a freeway.”
Geoffrey Moore, Author of Crossing the Chasm & Inside the Tornado.

This week has definitely seen a focus on the future of data science, and its impact on our lives. From how data could revolutionise education, to concerns around ethics and privacy, and the future of AI.

Here’s our pick of the rest of the key data science announcements you may have missed this week.


Ethics, Privacy And Discrimination In The Age Of Big DataEthics, Privacy and Discrimination in the Age of Big Data

At Data Days 2014, one of the most compelling talks came from Lorena Jaume Palasi, a lecturer & PhD candidate at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Her talk addressed intriguing questions about data ethics- do we need to create new ethical paradigms to deal with data? Where does the abstract right to privacy- and our fear of technological advancements which may impinge on this- stem from? Here is what she had to say.

The Data-Driven Future Of AdvertisingThe Data-Driven Future of Advertising

Gone are the days where advertising and sales were the sole remit of creative-thinking Mad Men types, who wildly conjectured who a product’s target audience might be, and constructed campaigns which may appeal to them. Today, advertising is a much more precise, data-driven field. Of course, creativity has a role to play, but so do audience targeting and automation. We sat down with Anna Cremers, Chief Data Scientist at nugg.ad, to discuss her work and the evolution of advertising.

Operational Intelligence: The Next-Generation Of Business IntelligenceOperational Intelligence: The Next-Generation of Business Intelligence

For years, companies have relied on business intelligence (BI) tools to drive strategy and identify opportunities based on historical data. However, in today’s fast-paced, data-driven economy, traditional BI often moves too slowly. Operational intelligence – the ability to analyze live, fast-changing data and provide immediate feedback – takes business intelligence to the next level and creates amazing new opportunities.


Global Bi Software Provider Deploys New Intuitive Embedded Dashboard – Tibco Jaspersoft® 6Global BI Software Provider Deploys New Intuitive Embedded Dashboard – TIBCO Jaspersoft® 6                                                                                                

TIBCO, an infrastructure and business intelligence software innovator announced today the launch of TIBCO Jaspersoft® 6 which will arm developers to rapidly build and embed interactive dashboards for richer contextual analytics for users across their desktop and mobile devices.

Google Focusing R&Amp;D On “Artificial Intelligence For Data Science”Google Focusing R&D On “Artificial Intelligence for Data Science”

Google has been pouring its brain over an Artificial Intelligence project to automate the ‘making sense’ of data sets available across a spectrum of fields – to build an “artificial intelligence for data science”. The Automatic Statistician project has been brewing under Professor Zoubin Ghahramani and his team at the University of Cambridge who were awarded the Google Focused Research Award for support to their work, reports Kevin P. Murphy, Senior Research Scientist at Google through the Google Research Blog.

Scientists At Carnegie Mellon Read Harry Potter To Investigate Brain Activity Whilst ReadingScientists at Carnegie Mellon Read Harry Potter to Investigate Brain Activity Whilst Reading

At the Carnegie Mellon University’s Machine Learning Department, researchers have identified brain regions that encode words, grammar, character development by performing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans on subjects – while they read Harry Potter.


10-11 December, 2014- Internet Of Things Summit, San Francisco10-11 December, 2014- Internet of Things Summit, San Francisco     

The Internet of Things Summit gathers together thought leaders working towards an interconnected world. Hear presentations on the most important topics influencing IoT development, including: Standardization & Partnerships, Business Models to Embrace IoT, Privacy & Security in the Consumer IoT, Interaction Between Devices, Diversity of Devices Available, Collecting & Analysing Data, Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Industrial Internet of Things

17 December 2014- Startupbootcamp’s Pitch 4 Coffee, Hamburg17 December 2014- Startupbootcamp’s Pitch 4 Coffee, Hamburg

Europe’s leading accelerator Startupbootcamp is coming to Hamburg for a Pitch day. We’re looking for startups with innovative ideas that improve cities & the way we live in them. Startupbootcamp has a brand new program for Smart City & Living startups. Make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to be amongst the first to make an impression on our hunting team!


HortonworksPricing Manager / Analyst, Wayfair   

As an Analyst of Pricing you will be responsible for pricing every product that appears on the website. You will manage the daily operational pricing functions while continually seeking to optimize procedures and test strategies to increase gross profit. If you love diving into deep data sets to identify areas for improvement, and be even more enthusiastic about solving those problems then do not hesitate to apply!

Business Intelligence Analyst, CuponationBusiness Intelligence Analyst, CupoNation

We are currently looking for new talent to join our highly professional and dynamic Business Intelligence team. In your role you will be responsible to design end-to-end solutions that meet our company’s Business Intelligence requirements. This covers the definition and implementation of technical requirements for ETL jobs, creation of new data layers and the optimization and enhancement of the current data warehouse infrastructure.

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