27 November 2017, 16:30 — 18:00

Creating Psychological Profiles From People's Digital Footprints

Faculty of Physics, room 0.03, ul. Pasteura 5

Dear Students,

You are all invited to participate in a lecture by psychologist Michał Kosiński, PhD from Stanford University. 

Lecture entitled: Creating Psychological Profiles From People's Digital Footprints  will take place next Monday at 16:30 on Campus Ochota - room 0.03 in Faculty of Physics building, ul Pasteura 5


A growing proportion of human activities such as social interactions, entertainment, shopping, and gathering information are now mediated by
digital devices and services. Such digitally mediated activities can be easily recorded, offering an unprecedented opportunity to study and measure intimate psycho-demographic traits using actual―rather than self-reported―behavior. Our research shows that digital records of behavior, such as samples of text, Tweets, Facebook Likes, or web-browsing logs, can be used to accurately measure a wide range of traits including personality,
intelligence, and political views. Such Big Data assessment has a number of advantages: it does not require participants’ active involvement; it can be easily and inexpensively applied to large populations; and it is relatively immune to cheating or misrepresentation. If used ethically, it could revolutionize psychological assessment, marketing, recruitment, insurance,
and many other industries. In the wrong hands, however, such methods pose significant privacy risks. In this talk, we will discuss how to reap the benefits of Big Data assessment while avoiding the pitfalls.