Talk Polymath Episode 8

In the right hands, AI technology presents an opportunity to create a more equitable future—Learning Collider's research aims to use big data to impact social mobility. 

In this episode, we talk with Peter Bergman and Sara Nadel of Learning Collider, a research lab on a mission to accelerate socio-behavioral research to identify technology interventions that fight inequality. The lab partners with large-scale technology companies and organizations to access the high-dimensional data they collect. They then use these massive data sets to assess discrimination and biases impacting algorithmic decision-making in employment, education, and housing. They can then build, test, and rapidly scale ML and AI applications that promote algorithmic fairness and socioeconomic equity. 

Not only are they changing the research paradigm by operating outside of the traditional R&D model, but they are breaking down industry and disciplinary silos to demonstrate the possibilities for what can happen when you get all the right people at the table.


About Peter Bergman & Sara Nadel

Peter Bergman, Founder & President 
Peter Bergman is an international expert in economics, behavioral economics, and machine learning. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas, Austin, Co-Editor for the Journal of Public Economics, and Co-Chair of the Education Technology Initiative at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT.
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Sara Nadel, Chief Operating Officer 
Prior to joining Learning Collider, Sara generated over one million dollars in additional wages for frontline workers as a Co-founder of StellarEmploy, a predictive analytics platform for hiring an inclusive, diverse workforce. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy and was an Emerson Collective Dial Fellow for her work in labor market innovation.
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