BBC's Joy of Data

The SPHERE project on BBC 4's 'Joy of Data'

SPHERE is delighted to have been featured on BBC 4's 'Joy of Data' documentary, presented by Dr Hannah Fry.  Fry tells the story of the engineers of the data age, people most of us have never heard of despite the fact they brought about a technological and philosophical revolution.

For Hannah, the joy of data is all about spotting patterns. Hannah sees data as the essential bridge between two universes - the tangible, messy world that we see and the clean, ordered world of maths, where everything can be captured beautifully with equations. But what of the future? Should we be worried by the pace of change and what our own data could be used for? Ultimately, Fry concludes, data has empowered all of us. We must have machines at our side if we're to find patterns in the modern-day data deluge. But, Fry believes, regardless of AI and machine learning, it will always take us to find the meaning in them.

If you were inspired by the programme and would like to find out more about SPHERE, you can find out more on our 'about' pages. Do sign up to our twitter or facebook pages to be the first to hear about talks, events and activities.

If you live locally to the University of Bristol and would like to find out more about how you could potentially help test our technology, please leave your details on on our 'Friends of SPHERE' page.

'The Joy of Data' can be be seen on BBC iplayer until 18th August.