Our current-day digital data sets have become so vast and complex that we stumble upon issues we have never seen before: the phenomenon of Big Data. How do we deal with such databases? What do your phone records and AH-Bonuskaart reveal about you that you didn’t even know? Is it possible for the police to predict a crime, even before the crook thought of it? Although helpful on the one hand, it makes us feel uneasy on the other: are there still ways to dodge the all-seeing eye?

Dr. ir. Djoerd Hiemstra is Associate Professor Database and Search Engine Technology at the University of Twente. He will explain how we manage huge amounts of data on large clusters of commodity machines, initiated by companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook.

Dr. Johnny Hartz Søraker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. He will reflect upon philosophical and ethical issues related to Big Data.

Tuesday 6th May, 19.30-21.00 hrs. Vrijhof/Amphitheatre.

This program is a coproduction of Studium Generale and JA@UT (Young Academy@UT).