Mane Product & Technology Issue 5 - August 2018 - Page 19

One aspect of AI which is another current industry trend, in my opinion, is the interesting subject of Deep Learning. This is the concept and in very few real-world examples, of a machine that can adapt and process complex data tasks without human input or control. The ideology, and now practice that may have seemed in the realms of science fiction, is now a reality- but how far can we take deep learning?

Finally, with much in the news in recent months about data uses and permissions, I want to touch on the ethics of data and its relation to politics.

As a person with a substantial interest in politics, I can understand the reasons why personal data needs to be protected. It doesn’t take a mastermind to work that out. The next big question here I feel is how in an ever-changing data-landscape can these guidelines be followed by absolutely everybody?

For example, take Facebook’s recent data scandal. As one of the world’s largest companies, they were recently accused of mishandling the public’s data. Once anyone agrees to a company’s terms and conditions, you are at their mercy in terms of what they do with that data. Having paid very close attention to the congress hearing of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s famous founder, I was astounded that some form of an expert was not on hand to assist the committee investigating the case into understanding the intricate details of the problem that had arisen.

I know that all involved parties would have given many briefings and accounts explaining their perspectives and would have attended several meetings so that issue was understood fully. It seemed to me that the committee was clueless on the matter at hand and that Facebook’s founder was made to explain the basics to them whilst being under investigation.

Overall the world of data is forever changing. This is why I am so intrigued by it. With countless innovations and advancements across several sectors, there really is something new going on all the time. It relates strongly to a philosophy that I live by - “a day where you’ve not learnt anything is a day wasted.”

by Will Gerrard

Data Recruitment Consultant at Mane