The Human Face of Big Data

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USA | 2015 | 55 minutes | Sandy Smolan

February 17, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Free Screening | Reservations are full for this event
SIFF, KCTS 9, Washington Filmworks, and SAP invite you to this special documentary sneak preview and panel discussion about Big Data: the real-time collection, analysis and visualization of vast amounts of information. In the hands of data scientists, this raw information enables us to sense, measure and understand aspects of our existence in ways never before possible – yet the accessibility of all this data can come at a steep price.

Post film panel discussion featuring:
Sandy Smolan, director/producer Human Face of Big Data
Shwetak Patel, MacArthur fellow, University of Washington
Trish Millines Dziko, Executive Director of TAF
Mark Nelson, CTO, Concur
Moderated by Enrique Cerna, Director of Community Partnerships, KCTS 9


The Human Face of Big Data captures the birth of a planetary nervous system as the massive real time gathering and analyzing of data enables us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges, including pollution, world hunger and illness. Focusing on both the promises and perils in the growing big data revolution, this captivating film illustrates a revolution which many experts believe will have a thousand times greater impact on our lives than the Internet. The film features conversations with more than thirty leading voices in the fields of data science, artificial intelligence, technology and digital medicine.

The Human Face of Big Data premieres Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. on KCTS 9

  • Director: Sandy Smolan
  • Principal Cast: Narrated by Joel McHale
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 55 minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website