Sponsor Workshop: Real-Time Analysis and Microperturbations

October 15, 2009


MIT Media Lab, Room TBA


This workshop will focus on the use of inexpensive supercomputers to do two things: (1) real-time data analysis (creating hypotheses as new data comes in); and (2) microexperiments in which small but extremely focused perturbations are introduced into the world to test these hypotheses at a causal level. In this way, rather than endlessly mining correlations without being able to derive predictive value, we can continuously interrogate the world through small but deliberate experiments to test ideas. We will discuss our own application of our novel technology to brain data, and explore the impact of such ideas on the analysis of other complex data streams.

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