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Reasoning about data, machines and deep fakes

Physics/Astro Auditorium

Jevin West (UW)

May 30 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Data for better and sometimes worse is granted authority. My colleague, Carl Bergstrom, and I created a class that teaches students when to Call BS on numbers, statistics and algorithms. The course, or parts of the course, are being adopted at more than 70 universities around the country. In this talk, I will survey some of these lessons, common pitfalls, and habits of mind that we have found useful in our research, in the classroom, and in our personal lives where misinformation, disinformation and deep fakes are becoming a daily occurrence.