CDO Matters Ep. 24 | How Data Happened with Chris Wiggins (Chief Data Scientist for the NY Times)

May 18, 2023

Episode Overview:

As we get carried away with modern data trends and new technical developments, it’s easy to forget the rich history behind computable data and analytics dating as far back as World War II in the 1940s. Luckily, we have a data historian to remind us!

Host Malcolm Hawker sits down with NY Times Chief Data Scientist (CDS) Chris Wiggins to chat about his new book and dive into what led us to this moment in the data space.

The two discuss:

  • The ethics behind using data for social concepts
  • Quantifying social data
  • Early stages of AI and the creation of data computation
  • The history of machine learning
  • The internet boom of the 90s
  • AI vs. copyright laws

…and so much more!

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How can today’s Chief Data Officers help their organizations become more data-driven? Join former Gartner analyst Malcolm Hawker as he interviews thought leaders on all things data management – ranging from data fabrics to blockchain and more — and learns why they matter to today’s CDOs. If you want to dig deep into the CDO Matters that are top-of-mind for today’s modern data leaders, this show is for you.

Malcolm Hawker
Malcolm Hawker is an experienced thought leader in data management and governance and has consulted on thousands of software implementations in his years as a Gartner analyst, architect at Dun & Bradstreet and more. Now as an evangelist for helping companies become truly data-driven, he’s here to help CDOs understand how data can be a competitive advantage.


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