As related in today’s NYT, here. The centerpiece of the article is Dr. Genevieve Bell, an Australian who used to teach at Stanford and now serves as Intel’s chief computational social scientist. In contrast to the folks we have here at Krasnow, Dr. Bell is an anthropologist by training and I would say is a social scientist who studies humans interacting with computers.
Intel is not my idea of a company that would hire an anthropologist at all, so the article was newsworthy. And some of the notions of clever ideas (for example the ‘billboards’ on your laptop’s cover) struck me as a bit iffy. I’d be really interested if IBM hired a corporate anthropologist with the same remit as Dr. Bell.
Terrific long piece on my Mason colleague, Janine Wedel in Pacific Standard, here. Krasnow Institute money quote:
Maciej Latek, a tall, Polish-born computational social scientist whose day job is creating risk models for contentious environments like international borders, stands at one end of the table in a pressed oxford shirt and tapered blue jeans. He projects a diagram, or what anthropologists call a network map, of dots and lines onto the wall. The map depicts all transfers exceeding $50 million that occurred between 2009 and 2012 from pension funds to hedge funds, showing the origins, destinations, and size of the transactions.
Maciej is of course one of our own here at the Krasnow Institute’s Center for Social Complexity.
Ethan Watters wonderful piece in Pacific Standard, here. Experimental economics comes up with radically different results when 20 year old college sophomores from here aren’t the subjects. Read and enjoy!