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Hobart, TAS 7000

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The rising impact of algorithms in our daily lives is much more pervasive than many of us realise. Examples like the Facebook newsfeed algorithm, Google search, Pandora, Spotify, and Netflix are some of the most visible products in a rapidly growing algorithmic infrastructure, but there are many more that we perhaps don’t see. These algorithms are so seamless, and for many of us so useful, that it's easy to overlook the consequences of their placement in our public sphere. Join Dr Daniel Angus at BeakerStreet@TMAG, a pop-up science bar at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 18-20 August, as he introduces what exactly an algorithm is, how algorithms have become enmeshed in our daily life, and some of the larger scale consequences of an increasingly algorithmic society.

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Dr Daniel Angus is a senior lecturer in computational social science and journalism program coordinator at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on the development of visualization and analysis methods for communication data, with a specific focus on conversation data. His computational methods have improved our understanding of the nature of communication in medical consultations, conversations in aged care settings, television broadcast, social media, and newspaper reporting. Dr Angus has been involved in computer science research for 15 years and contributes regularly to media and industry on the impact of technology on society.


About BeakerStreet@TMAG:
BeakerStreet@TMAG is a pop-up science bar at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 18-20 August - admission is free. Join us during the second weekend of National Science Week for three packed nights of intriguing short talks and hands-on workshops, live music, beer brewing Q&A, the 360 Cinema Dome, SCINEMA short films, a photography exhibition, storytelling, have a beer with a scientist, delicious local food and Tassie tipples, heaters and hot drinks in the courtyard, and more! Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of this talk to get a drink and find a seat - talks will start promptly at the advertised start time.

BeakerStreet@TMAG is free and open to the public but designed for an adult audience. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for talks is not required and does not guarantee a seat, but will be a great help to us (we're scientists and we like numbers). Registration for workshops is essential. For program details and more information, visit www.beakerstreet.com.au or get updates by clicking "Going" or "Interested" on our facebook event.


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