The World Dialogue ‘Big Data’ was held in Hotel de Wageningsche Berg on Thursday 10 March 2016. Key-note speaker Laxmi Parida, Manager Computational Genomics of the IBM T. J. Watson research centre, spoke about how Watson can help process large amounts of information and how it can contribute to finding solutions for both societal issues (cures for cancer) and personal problems (what am I going to cook tonight?).
The night started with a registration, coffee and tea included, for 99 people in the ‘arboretumzaal’. Prof. dr. Richard Visser, Dean of Research of Wageningen UR, opened the World Dialogue at 18.00 hours with a short introduction of both the topic and Laxmi Parida. A small presentation opened a dialogue, full of questions and answers, between the audience, Laxmi Parida and prof. dr. Richard Visser. Several questions arose, such as: ‘what can Watson mean for the society?, are multiple organisations working on the knowledge that Watson gets?’ And ‘who is the owner of all the knowledge that Watson uses?
An inspiring dialogue ended at 19.30, after which the participants, while enjoying some snacks and a few drinks, were still discussing about ‘Big Data’.
The world dialogues are an initiative from KLV Wageningen Alumni Network and Wageningen Academy and are sponsored by the Wageningen Ambassadors. These dialogues provide the opportunity for both alumni and professionals to discuss the visions, from both the research and business perspective, on social pressing issues and the relevant trends/developments.