From revealing the many subtleties of inequality to mapping our ups and downs, literally, this week’s Big Data Roundup teases out the most topically relevant, interesting (or just down right fun) data stories from around the world this week.

Keeping trust in data good

Still trust in data good

The backlash against the use of personal data is well underway. However, research has suggested that the public will still support the use of personal data in projects that they believe will benefit society. While building confidence in a project is crucial, “it’s not about making the public trust us, it’s making sure that we are trustworthy.”

AI should be ethical, says House of Lords

AI should be ethical says Peer group

After nearly ten months of collecting evidence from more than 200 experts – including government officials, academics and companies – The House of Lords’ select committee on Artificial Intelligence has highlighted the need for multidisciplinary research to ensure fair and explainable AI, while urging the government to get a grip on algorithmic bias and stop large technology companies from monopolising the control of data.

Mapping income disparities

Mapping Income disparities

The contrast between rich and poor is becoming ever more defined across our cities. And as income disparity continues to increase, so do these contrasts. By mapping income distribution across a handful of American cities, we can explore the patterns of wealth and poverty, revealing the many subtleties of inequality and a few stark surprises.

The Birthday Paradox

The Birthday Paradox

What’s the chance that two people in the same room will share a birthday? It might be more likely than you think… This Birthday Paradox is usually explained with large numbers and complex stats, but this interactive visualisation uses your birthday to cut through fancy maths and human self-involvement, to explain the statistical likelihood of a shared birth day.

Mapping the ups and downs of the UK

Mapping the Ups and Downs of the UK

We all have our ups and downs. Every year the surface of the UK is subtly changing, with parts of the country rising, and other areas sinking. For the first time, this incremental movement has been mapped in detail to show show the shifting surface of the UK. The data used in the ‘deformation map’ has been made open, to help policy makers and industries working on large infrastructure projects properly asses and mitigate risks.

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Posted in Big data, Media roundup On April 16, 2018 By