Investigador CIWS reflexiona sobre postverdad y datos en computación

An exhibition entitled "Postverdad y datos en computación: la importancia de la ciencia" was carried out by the academic of the Department of Computer Science UC, Juan Reutter. In the talk attended by academics and undergraduate and graduate students of the UC School of Engineering, Professor Reutter spoke about the need to "research in computer science to understand its phenomena and establish a limit between what can be done and what can be done." It can not be done with technology. "

The academic of the UC Engineering School and member of the Semantic Web Research Center (CIWS) (http://ciws.cl/) stated that, as users of the algorithms that manage the interaction we perform on the web, We do not know how to efficiently clean up the data we have, how to verify that what an algorithm does on the web is really what we need and we are not demanding the elimination of information biases that contribute to the proliferation of the so-called "post-truth".

 "Reading a publication that says that autonomous vehicles are the safest and that cites as a source to the manufacturers of these cars is something that is not seen in Medicine, or in Physics or Mathematics, argued Professor Reutter, who emphasized that behind these disciplines there are years of research and experimentation ".

"Just as physics is modeled with calculus and mathematics, computer theory is written with logic and we have a world of objects to be modeled," continued UC academic. In this line, he referred to the work carried out by entities such as the millennium nucleus, Center for Research of the Semantic Web (CIWS), in which he participates with the teachers of the UC, Marcelo ArenasJorge BaierCristian Riveros y Domagoj Vrgoč , on topics such as defining optimal algorithms to search the web, adding meta information (information about information) in files with CSV format (comma-separated values); create standards to consult data models such as RDF (Resource Description Framework, RDF), document schemas in JSON format (JavaScript Object Notation), graph databases; and formalize concepts such as blockchain (chain of information blocks) and bitcoin (digital currency).

"It is common that at the beginning of their career they need to create software, work with different types of hardware and information architectures, but our invitation is to not only stay with that: go further," said Professor Juan Reutter , who reiterated the importance of knowing the scientific fundamentals of computing in order to discern between the true and the false. "We would love to do much more in our group. Therefore, if you are interested in doing science with us, we will be happy to receive them, "he concluded.

 

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