When Algorithms Decide: How Machine Intelligence is Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Take Control?

Professor Kartik Hosanagar, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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Dr HAHN Jungpil, Associate Professor, School of Computing

  17 Jul 2018 Tuesday, 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 Executive Classroom, COM2-04-02


Algorithms are all around us, helping us choose the right product to buy on Amazon, the best movie to watch on Netflix, the ideal person for us to date on Tinder and Match, the most helpful people to connect with on LinkedIn, and the most pertinent posts to read on Facebook. Soon, they will be driving our cars and investing our money. As algorithms touch our lives in deeper ways, we are also reading more about algorithms gone awry. Media stories have covered the circulation of fake news stories by Facebook's newsfeed algorithms, racism in algorithms used for sentencing and parole decisions, and many more examples. Some of the biggest issues surrounding algorithmic decision-making are not technical but at the interface of technology and social sciences. This talk will explore the implications of machine intelligence on our personal and professional lives.


Kartik Hosanagar is the John C. Hower Professor of Technology and Digital Business and a Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Kartik's research work focuses on the digital economy, in particular the impact of analytics and algorithms on consumers and society, Internet media, Internet marketing and e-commerce.

Kartik has been recognized as one of the world's top 40 business professors under 40. He is a ten-time recipient of MBA or Undergraduate teaching excellence awards at the Wharton School. His research has received several best paper awards at conferences. Kartik cofounded and developed the core IP for Yodle Inc, a venture-backed firm that was acquired by for $342M. He is a cofounder of SmartyPal Inc. He has served on the advisory boards of Milo (acq. by eBay) and Monetate and is involved with other startups as either an investor or board member. His past consulting and executive education clients include Google, American Express, Citi and others. Kartik is a co-host of the SiriusXM show The Digital Hour which airs on Mondays at 5pm ET on SiriusXM Channel 111.

Kartik graduated at the top of his class with a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering and a Masters in Information Systems from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS, Pilani), India, and he has an MPhil in Management Science and a PhD in Management Science and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.