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Hannah Fry

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Latest 15 Oct 2021 | Updated Daily

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Hannah Fry on the power and perils of big data

The Life Scientific

‘I didn’t know I wanted to be a mathematician until I was one’ says Hannah Fry, now a Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at University College London. Her mother pushed her hard at school, coming down on her like a tonne of bricks when she got a C for effort in mathematics. Never mind that she was top of the class. By the time she’d finished a PhD in fluid dynamics, she had realised that she probably wasn’t going to be a hairdresser and pursued her other passion, Formula One. Sadly F1 wasn’t the dream job she’d imagined: all the interesting equations were wrapped up in computer simulations and no further maths was needed. Keen to continue doing mathematics, she joined the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London just as people were starting to use data to understand human behaviour. (Yes. If you zoom out enough and use some mathematical tools, there are parallels between the airflows around racing cars and the way humans behave.) She has studied everything from the mathematics of love to civil unrest, and has advised governments and Deep Mind, the artificial intelligence research lab owned by Google. At a public lecture in Berlin in 2018, she learnt the hard way that it’s a mistake to detach data from its context. Never again will she forget to ask, what do these numbers represent? How else could my algorithms be used? Is this something we, as a society, want? Data and algorithms help humans to solve problems. Big, difficult problems like climate change and Covid-19. Mathematics can help us to police a riot or find love. But the idea that maths and numbers are value-neutral is deeply flawed, Hannah says. The artificial intelligence we create is a reflection of who we are. It can discriminate horribly. But, applied wisely, it could help us to start to overcome our unconscious biases and prejudice. We humans are not perfect. Neither is AI. If we scrutinise the algorithms that now make so many decisions for us and make sure that their priorities are our priorities, then perhaps we can get the best of both. In the Age of the Algorithm, humans have never been more importantHannah Fry tells Jim Al-Khalili about her life as a mathematician and why her attitude to risk and statistics changed dramatically earlier this year. Producer: Anna Buckley


7 Sep 2021

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Hannah Fry - Cookies, Connected Cows and The Future of AI

Tech Seeking Human

BBC Presenter, Podcaster, Author, Mathematician, and self confessed geek, Hannah Fry joins the podcast to talk about renovations, super computers, 5G connected cows and whether scientists (or farmers) can predict the sex of calves. Eventually we move onto serious topics topics like tracking cookies, facial recognition, and the future of AI. There just always seems to be a touch of class when Hannah is in the room, or zoom for this one.


23 Aug 2021

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Why data powered by human intelligence is the perfect combination with Hannah Fry

Data Brilliant

In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos speaks with renowned mathematician, Dr Hannah Fry to explore the impact of AI and automation on our daily lives. Throughout the episode, Dr Fry explains why human and AI machine can be the perfect team and how there is a mathematical angle to almost everything, including love, coincidence and human interaction. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 May 2021

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Math is Everywhere - Dr. Hannah Fry

More Intelligent Tomorrow: a DataRobot Podcast

Dr. Hannah Fry is a brilliant advocate for math as she discusses the mathematics around us. Ranging from the mathematics of love, to pandemics, to a future of skill-sharing through modeling. Hanna's passion for mathematics is contagious as she celebrates the math fabric around us. 


10 Jan 2021

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The Pinocchio Rex and Dr Hannah Fry on 5G!

Fun Kids Science Weekly

This week Dan tells us about the dangerous cousin of the T-Rex and speaks to Dr Hannah Fry about the possibilities of 5G!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


2 Jan 2021

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AI: How To Be Human In The Age Of Machines - With Author Dr. Hannah Fry

Bernard Marr's Future of Business & Technology Podcast

In this podcast, I will be joined by Hannah Fry, mathematician, radio and TV presenter, and author of the book: Hello World: How to be human in the age of machines. In this conversation I want to explore with Hannah what it means to be human in a world increasingly driven by data and algorithms and how we as humans can thrive alongside machines.

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20 Jul 2020

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#87 Hannah Fry: The Role of Algorithms

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

Mathematician and author of Hello World and The Mathematics of Love, Hannah Fry discusses the role of maths in society, the dating world and we explore what it means to be human in the age of algorithms. GO PREMIUM: Support the podcast, get ad-free episodes, transcripts, and so much more: https://fs.blog/knowledge-project-premium/


7 Jul 2020

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Cosmic Queries – Algorithms and Data, with Hannah Fry

StarTalk Radio

What is an algorithm? How do you interpret large amounts of data? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries exploring algorithms and big data alongside mathematician and author Hannah Fry, PhD. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons and All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-algorithms-and-data-with-hannah-fry/ Thanks to our Patrons Dan McGowan, Sullivan S Paulson, Zerman Whitley, Solomon Nadaf, Eric Justin Morales, Matthew Iskander, and Cody Stanley for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Storyblocks.


22 Jun 2020

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Hannah Fry on predicting coronavirus and women in maths

A Podcast of One's Own with Julia Gillard

Julia talks to Dr Hannah Fry, perhaps the UK’s best-known mathematician. They discuss Hannah’s 2018 BBC documentary Contagion, which predicted the coronavirus crisis with uncanny accuracy, and the lack of female representation among the scientists advising the UK government during the pandemic. Hannah also talks about the importance of getting more women and girls into mathematics and how to break down some of the gendered barriers she faced in the field. If you enjoyed this episode or any others, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast provider. It really helps us reach more listeners with our message of a more gender-equal world. Any earnings from the podcast go back into funding for the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, furthering the work we do to create a world in which being a woman is not a barrier to becoming a leader. Sign up to receive updates and event invitations from the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 May 2020

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Crystal Balls and Coronavirus - with Hannah Fry

The Numberphile Podcast

Dr Hannah Fry made a film two years ago which predicted the coronavirus pandemic with chilling accuracy. Dr Hannah Fry's website - links to all her stuff The BBC Contagion special on iPlayer If it doesn't work on iPlayer, this is a version I found on YouTube!? Numberphile video about the SIR curve with Ben Sparks Numberphile discusses coronavirus mathematics with Kit Yates False Positives on Numberphile with Lisa Goldberg PAPER: Contacts in context: large-scale setting-specific social mixing matrices from the BBC Pandemic project PAPER: Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic – The model behind the documentary BBC Horizon Coronavirus Special - the more recent film Hannah made with the Beeb RI Christmas Lectures 2019: Secrets and lies Mathematician/epidemiologist Adam Kucharski on Twitter With thanks to MSRI Support us on Patreon


10 Apr 2020