In this podcast, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (@SethD_S), author of New York Times Bestseller Everybody Lies, discussed what our social data knows about us. He shares some critical insights into the human psyche on how humans behave differently to machines than fellow humans. This sheds some interesting light on today’s data-driven disruptive times when curiosity to stay relevant and data-driven is at an all-time high. This is a great podcast to understand the capability that data has and how it could benefit humanity, businesses, and clients if used properly—a great session for anyone willing to understand the depth of data and how to use it effectively.
0:29 Seth’s journey.
4:23 Story behind “Everybody lies”.
7:27 Finding the right searches to analyze.
8:42 Surprising findings on analyzing the internet searches of people.
10:50 Confusion and human search data.
12:55 Google search recommendation’s effect on human search data.
15:47 To google or not to google.
17:48 Are surveys reliable?
19:29 Safeguarding against fake data.
22:30 Compromised privacy may be a good thing.
24:30 Seth’s favorite tool or language.
25:40 Challenges in working with data.
26:22 Finding a hypothesis in human search data.
28:02 Political predictions through data.
32:10 On Cambridge Analytica
35:05 The ethics of data.
39:05 On AI
41:24 Defining a data scientist.
43:11 Key points of “Everybody lies”.
44:17 Secret behind Seth’s success.
45:50 Journey from a basketball to data scientist.
48:03 Seth’s favorite reads.
48:34 Key takeaways.
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz amzn.to/2OA0YBs
Seth’s Recommended Read:
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker amzn.to/2Kl2nsr
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has used data from the internet — particularly Google searches — to get new insights into the human psyche.
Seth has used Google searches to measure racism, self-induced abortion, depression, child abuse, hateful mobs, the science of humor, sexual preference, anxiety, son preference, and sexual insecurity, among many other topics.
His 2017 book, Everybody Lies, published by HarperCollins, was a New York Times bestseller, a PBS NewsHour Book of the Year, and an Economist Book of the Year.
Seth worked for one-and-a-half years as a data scientist at Google and is currently a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times. He is a former visiting lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He received his BA in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford, and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.
In high school, Seth wrote obituaries for the local newspaper, the Bergen Record, and was a juggler in theatrical shows. He now lives in Brooklyn and is a passionate fan of the Mets, Knicks, Jets, Stanford football, and Leonard Cohen.
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