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Exeter Salon: Big Data: Threat or Promise?

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Technology moves fast. The internet has only been with us for about 25 years, and indeed it has only been widely accessible since the birth of Broadband at the start of this century. In this time, we have seen the rise of the smartphone, Google, Facebook and ever more strands of social media. This has changed our lives. And most of us assume it has done so for the better. Easy connectivity allows us to stay in touch with the news, our friends, our work…And it allows everyone to stay in touch with us. We have access to a seemingly endless amount of information, but we also surrender a great deal of personal data – and in doing so, we allow others to have access into our lives. The advance of computing power creates tremendous possibilities. But are they all for good?
Are we blithely walking into a future in which Big Data will rule our lives? Or will it simply help us manage our lives? Is it a threat, or a promise?

Chair: Martin Owen


About Exeter Salon:

The Exeter Salon is one of a number of Ideas Salons across the country, taking inspiration from the Academy of Ideas (AoI). We were officially launched by Claire Fox, Director of the AoI, in February 2017 and will run a series of debates each year, covering politics and society, education, science, technology and culture. Working with partners across the city we aim to provide a space that promotes critical thinking and discussion of important topical issues for our community.

Guest Speakers:



  • Timandra Harkness

    Timandra Harkness

    Presenter of BBC Radio 4 series 'FutureProofing' and author of 'Big Data: does size matter?'


  • Niall Robinson

    Niall Robinson

    Met Office

    Deputy Head Met Office Informatics Lab

  • Martin Robson

    Martin Robson

    Exeter University

    Lecturer in Strategic Studies

  • David Underwood

    David Underwood

    Met Office

    Deputy Director HPC (Supercomputer) Programme


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