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US GDPR Coming Soon?

3/7/2019
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Episode 25 – US GDPR Show Notes Data scientists in many industries rely on personal data to develop models and make decisions. They can gather data from third parties, the internet, internal sources, and more to amass a stockpile of information on which to base algorithms. That could change if the government implements a US […] The post US GDPR Coming Soon? appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:14:05

Preventing Fake News

2/20/2019
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Episode 24: Preventing Fake News – Show Notes Researchers at OpenAI have made amazing breakthroughs in natural language processing in the creation and interpretation of content. So amazing, in fact, that they have elected to withhold the full version from release so that it does not fall into malicious hands. They stated preventing fake news […] The post Preventing Fake News appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:13:33

AI Has Americans Worried

2/13/2019
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Episode 23: Concerns About AI – Show Notes Horror stories of AI gone mad are everywhere in science fiction – but are they likely to become reality? Many Americans now believe so. Based on a recent Vox article covering a study from the University of Oxford, we discuss the top concerns about AI on the […] The post AI Has Americans Worried appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:14:17

Protect Privacy

2/5/2019
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Episode 22: Protect Privacy – Show Notes IT are not the only ones responsible to protect privacy of data. Data scientists share this burden as they search for, collect, store, utilize, and share vast amounts of information. In this episode, we explore what data scientists and non-practitioners should do to help protect privacy. Additional Links […] The post Protect Privacy appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:16:30

Fair Fares? How airlines get away with differential pricing

1/30/2019
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Episode 21: Differential Pricing in Opaque Markets – Show Notes Why do some people pay $120 and others pay $650 for a seat on the same airplane? Or the same car insurance policy? Differential pricing is everywhere but it is especially prevalent in opaque, algorithm-driven markets. Is it fair to charge differently for different people? […] The post Fair Fares? How airlines get away with differential pricing appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:19:13

Price Discrimination in Retail

1/22/2019
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Episode 20: Price Discrimination in Retail – Show Notes Price discrimination is when companies show different prices to different customers based on what each customer is willing to pay. For many retailers, that means gathering data and creating algorithms that predict what a customer will spend on each item. Is it fair to force customers […] The post Price Discrimination in Retail appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:17:33

Proxy Variables

1/15/2019
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Episode 19: Proxy Variables – Show Notes This quick, informational segment introduces the concept of proxy variables. In short, proxy variables are data elements used in place of something that may be more pertinent but also more difficult to measure. It also touches on confounding and lurking variables – in case you wanted a dose […] The post Proxy Variables appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:06:03

Train Transparently

1/8/2019
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Episode 18: Train Transparently – Show Notes As algorithms are created and unleashed upon the world, it is crucial to understand not only what they are but how they came to be. The best way to accomplish this before chaos is wreaked is to train transparently – meaning to let people know what is going […] The post Train Transparently appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:14:31

Seasons Greetings from Lexy and Marie

12/28/2018
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Season’s greetings to you! Thank you for joining us this year for the Data Science Ethics Podcast. We’re loving this an we’re thrilled for what’s still to come. We’ve got some great topics on deck for 2019 and are continuing to make progress towards launching the members only podcast. We look forward to having you […] The post Seasons Greetings from Lexy and Marie appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:00:39

Daylight Savings Time and Confirmation Bias

11/27/2018
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Episode 17: Daylight Savings Time and Confirmation Bias – Show Notes This episode was inspired by a clear lack of sleep. Today, we are discussing confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is when people seek out only the evidence that supports their point of view while dismissing contrary evidence. An example might be a smoker highlighting a […] The post Daylight Savings Time and Confirmation Bias appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:11:28

Moral Machine and We Get Stumped

11/7/2018
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Episode 16: The Moral Machine – Show Notes MIT conducted a long-term study called the Moral Machine that spanned the globe. It posed seemingly-simply questions about what a driverless car should do. These were variations on the trolley problem – a classic ethical dilemma about whether the driver of a runaway trolley should avoid striking […] The post Moral Machine and We Get Stumped appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:19:37

Reputational Risk and Data Transparency

10/30/2018
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Episode 15: Transparency and Reputational Risk – Show Notes Between the mortgage crisis, Madoff Scandall, and Wells Fargo’s fraudulent account openings, banks have had a rough go of it. They have become increasingly aware and sensitive to the effects of reputational risk. To counter these possible problems, many banks have implemented more stringent policies for […] The post Reputational Risk and Data Transparency appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:25:33

Become a Member

10/26/2018
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Hi listeners. This is Lexy with the Data Science Ethics Podcast. Today, I’ve got a special announcement. We are gearing up to launch the members only podcast! As we teased in the introductory episode, the members only podcast explores data science ethics in pop culture. Our first topic is an episode of Star Trek: The […] The post Become a Member appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:02:37

Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator

10/23/2018
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Episode 14: Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator – Show Notes Data Translator is a new title coming up in the business world over the last few years. This role is an intermediary between those requesting data science work and the data scientists. It’s sort of like a business analyst but for analytics projects. To […] The post Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:20:29

All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap

10/11/2018
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Episode 13: All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap – Show Notes Many people, civilians and military personnel alike, use fitness trackers every day to keep tabs on their health. They track everything from steps to heart rate to sleep cycles. With some manual input, they can also balance other aspects of personal health and […] The post All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:26:52

Blockchain Gives Us Hope

10/1/2018
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Episode 12: Blockchain Gives Us Hope – Show Notes In our last episode on Deepfake, we mentioned blockchain as a possible solution for identifying authentic versus altered audio and video. In today’s episode, we look at a number of ways that blockchain can and is already providing positive impact in the world. In addition to its […] The post Blockchain Gives Us Hope appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:25:38

Deepfake

9/24/2018
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Episode 11: Deepfake – Show Notes Deepfake is the process of using computer vision to generate realistic fake audio or video where a performance from one person appears to be coming from another. This technology, once the brainchild of academia, was taken into the corporate world to help make image and audio editing more efficient. […] The post Deepfake appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:32:47

Anticipate Adversaries

9/10/2018
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Episode 10: Anticipate Adversaries – Show Notes Adversaries to an algorithm or system can come in many guises and at many times in the data science process. Their contexts vary from well-intentioned to nefarious. In this episode, we talk about different types of adversaries and how to anticipate adversaries. Well-Intentioned Adversaries Business users who have […] The post Anticipate Adversaries appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:16:15

Consider Context

8/23/2018
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Episode 9: Consider Context – Show Notes Algorithms do not operate in a vacuum. They operate in the context of a specific business, industry, problem, group of people, time frame, and more. Algorithms impact people and processes in the course of their use. The charge of an ethical data scientist is to develop solutions which […] The post Consider Context appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:16:47

Love Ahoy! How OKCupid Tested Anchoring Bias

8/16/2018
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Episode 8: Love Ahoy! How OKCupid Tested Anchoring Bias – Show Notes In 2014, OKCupid revealed they had conducted an experiment to test the effects of showing false compatibility rates to users. The experiment was designed to test whether their algorithm was truly generating more meaningful conversations. There were two stages of the experiment. First, […] The post Love Ahoy! How OKCupid Tested Anchoring Bias appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:23:24