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TEDxUCL - Ilya Zheludev - Seeing the future with social media

lya Zheludev is a PhD Researcher in the Financial Computing Department of UCL. After completing an undergraduate degree in engineering at UCL and LSE, he worked as an investment banker only to find the experience limiting and monotonous. Just a year later he was back at university, after two Masters degrees he started his PhD program. Ilya's research is in the evolving realm of Computational Social Science and he's currently exploring the vast amounts of data produced by Social Media. Being specifically interested in Finance, Ilya's research is driven by the relationship between the internet's 'mood' and financial markets. Talk: Seeing the future with social media Social media is more than just Facebook updates and Twitter posts. The term also refers to any user-generated online content, from readers' comments on articles in the Financial Times to blog posts. Social media is traditionally seen as just benefiting the end-user: the friends exchanging photos on Facebook. But its value is far greater than that -- the amount of publically accessible data that social media generates is phenomenally large. Just by way of example, there are 6 million Facebook views every minute. Harnessing that largely untouched data correctly has unbelievable implications: we're able to see into the future. We can predict so many facets of life, from the spread of disease to the time and location of the next military uprising. Social media lets us see into the minds of millions, in real time -- something that has never been possible before. The future isn't a great unknown any longer. About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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