Conrad Wolfram - The Keys to the City of Knowledge: Computation and the new era of knowledge in the economy

26 February 2013 17:30

Conrad Wolfram - The Keys to the City of Knowledge: Computation and the new era of knowledge in the economy

Synopsis

The web has taken us from information deficit to information overload in only a few years. To make sense of it all, we increasingly need information intelligently customised just for us. Computation will be the key to unlocking it.
 
Until recently this has been limited to small, specialist groups. But we are reaching the point where anyone can use high-powered computation - bridging the divide between the availability and accessibility of data, giving us personalised answers and democratising knowledge generation. This transformation will be critical not only for governments and businesses, but will also fundamentally affect education and society as a whole.
 
Conrad Wolfram will join us to discuss this new era, the technology involved, and how we can build the first "computable country".
 
The Wolfram Group created Mathematica and the Wolfram Alpha knowledge engine, which powers knowledge answers for Apple's Siri. In addition to his role at the Wolfram Group, Conrad is the founder of computerbasedmath.org, which seeks to reform STEM education by putting computers at the centre of the curriculum.