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Alien Knowledge — David Weinberger (Harvard)

For 2,500 years, knowledge in the West has consisted of justifiable true beliefs. But humans often cannot comprehend how Deep Learning comes up with its results. This is different from the role played by our traditional instruments of knowledge and poses challenges not just to the uses to which we put what we learn, but also to our idea of what knowledge itself is.

David Weinberg is a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. From 2010 to 2014, he was Co-director of Harvard's Library Innovation Lab, and led Harvard Library's Interoperability Initiative. Since Spring 2015, he is a fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy. (Part of the Harvard Kennedy School.)

David is co-author of the best-seller The Cluetrain Manifesto, which InformationWeek called the most important business book since Tom Peter's In Search of Excellence. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web and of Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. His latest book, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room, is about how the Net is transforming knowledge and expertise, winner of two international Best Book of the Year awards.