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Can Big Data authors End poverty? Phillip Parker At TEDxSeattle

Philip Parker creates algorithms that generate textbooks, crossword puzzles, dictionaries, poetry and educational video games in any language and distributes them to underserved communities. At TEDxSeattle, he explains the basics behind how he does it and what the future holds — from creating resources to improve agriculture in poor regions to getting your iPhone to write your dissertation for you.

Philip Parker is known for his pioneering work on using computer algorithms to author books, videos, and games, especially in the field of education, across underserved topics and languages. He is the INSEAD Chair Professor of Management Science, and has recently been involved in projects supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to bring impactful agricultural knowledge to the world’s poorest communities, in their local languages, via radio, mobile phone networks, call centers and field extension workers.

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