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  • 7 Exchange Crescent EH3 8AN Edinburgh (map)


Free Event

Join us on Monday 18th March at the Merkle Edinburgh Offices-- 7 Exchange Crescent EH3 8AN- to get involved in a debate which will consider some of the most pressing issues in data. All of us at Merkle Aquila were thinking that it might be time for a change of pace from panels whereby everyone agrees; So, in light of this year’s theme #DataTogether, we will be bringing together an elite panel- with support from Tableau, Data Lab (and more to come)- to debate whether automated AI/ML is good for society.

Recent developments in the Data Science world have shown that the pressure to provide automated AI and ML tools is increasing. These trends raise several questions and lead us to ask whether or not we can have sufficient control over these tools. On the one hand, it allows companies to do more predictive modelling and arguably creates more accurate and better models. However, you have to wonder whether or not we ultimately lose out by going down this path. By failing to utilise the knowledge of Data Scientists are we missing out on the meaning in these models? Is the analysis simplified? Do we lose control of what we’re predicting and how it's being predicted?

The event will take the proper format of a debate - with opening arguments, rebuttals, questions and closing statements. The event will start at 6:30 with a drinks reception and end at 8:30pm. This event will be a great opportunity to bring together some big thinkers in the industry and discuss how data is affecting the direction of our future! We encourage anyone with an interest in the topic to come along.