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Big Data and the Advancement of Learning: For a Sustainable and Open Knowledge Society

Prof. Andrea Nanetti
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

ABSTRACT / In today's massive and continuously morphing big digital data sets, what does it mean for academia (i.e., communities concerned with the pursuit of research, education, and scholarship) to navigate the treasure of human experiences and stand on the shoulders of the giants?

How can Artificial Intelligence (AI), and especially Machine Learning (ML), empower human thinking? What is the place of the social sciences and humanities?

Societies have always used their heritage, viz. the treasure of human experiences, to remain resilient and adapt to change. In the past, the transmission of human knowledge and values from one generation to the next passed down through artefacts, oral traditions, social rituals, and cultural practices. Today, given the increasing pace of technological innovation, many traditional modes of knowledge and value transmission seem to have become obsolete or at risk of vanishing. New media and non-conventional communications have arisen, creating new possibilities for cultural expressions and the advancement of learning in an open society. New challenges require new methodologies. Values and methods matter in the education of the next generation of responsible citizens.

The vision is that with a clearer understanding of where we come from, we can better understand who we are, and understanding where we are now, we may influence what we want to become.

BIO / Andrea Nanetti received his education in Historical Sciences in Italy (Bologna), France (Paris-Sorbonne), Germany (Köln), Greece (National Hellenic Research Foundation), and USA (Brown), with a combination of humanities, physics, and computational data science. He serves as Tenured Associate Professor, Associate Chair (Graduate Education) at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, and founding director of LIBER (Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Bookish and Experiential Research) for the School of Art, Design and Media with a Courtesy Appointment at the School of Humanities (History). Since 1996, he pioneered digital humanities projects and entrepreneurial endeavours, published 20 multilingual books (13 single-authored), two edited journals, and over 80 essays in scientific journals and books, in English, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Modern Greek in Historical and Heritage Sciences.