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Radio Show #181

Steve Lohr, Author, Technology Reporter, The New York Times

Monday, June 15, 2015
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Show Date: July 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT

 

Reporter Steve Lohr has been covering Big Data for 10 years for The New York Times, long before it became a puzzling buzzword.  In 2013, he was on the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Who better to explain the hot new area of data science to us?

Especially since Harper Business has just published his second book: Data-ism: The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior and Almost Everything Else. Of course Big Data, which started on the Internet with Google for ad placements, goes well beyond HR, where it’s already being used for serious decision-making in hiring assessments and employee flight risk.

On the show, Steve will explain what Big Data really is (surprise, it has more than one part!) and the important distinction (already being debated within HR) of correlation versus causation. Plus some highlights from his book detailing how data science is being used to aid life-and-death decisions in medicine and life-changing decisions in finance.

 

Guest Description: 

Steve Lohr has covered technology, business and economics for The New York Times for more than 20 years. In 2013, he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. He was a foreign correspondent for a decade, when he served as an editor, and has written for magazines including The New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic and the Washington Monthly.

He is the author of Data-ism, which examines the field of data science and decision-making (Harper Business, 2015). He is also the author of a history of software and computer programming, Go To (Basic Books, 2001).

 

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