Big Data: Big Hope or Big Hype?
Date: Monday 9 March, 7pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Millennium Room, Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
In recent years, with advances in data-storage capacity and accessibility, more and more information about us is being captured and analysed by government agencies and private companies. While there is some nervousness about this, the proponents of ‘Big Data’ argue that the benefits outweigh the risks to privacy. But should we question the hype around Big Data? Is it really true that the benefits outweigh the dangers? Should we place limits on data collection to protect individual liberties? Even in areas where data is put to benign use, could over-reliance on it impede the process of human judgment? Is it time to recognise the limitations of Big Data and put the stats in their place?
Tea & Cake with Oscar Wilde: A Vagabond in Leeds
Date: Saturday 21 March, 3pm to 4:30pm
Venue: New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael's Road, Headingley
Speaker: Geoff Dibb
As part of Headingley LitFest, Leeds Salon has invited Geoff Dibb to discuss his book Oscar Wilde - Vagabond with a Mission: The Story of Oscar Wilde's Lecture Tours of Britain and Ireland
Oscar Wilde - A Vagabond with a Mission gives a vivid picture of Oscar Wilde lecturing throughout Britain and Ireland on his way to becoming one of the most famous writers of the time. This is the first study of Wilde's lecture tours of Britain and Ireland. Using letters, memoirs, biographies, previously unpublished information and thousands of contemporary newspaper accounts, Geoff Dibb gives us a portrait of Wilde which we have never seen before.
Headingley Festival of Ideas Schools Debating Competition
FIPA: the Leeds Salon sister journal