The Uses and Abuses of Prediction

For thousands of years, humans have dared to predict the future: From weather to curses to finance, prediction is an intrinsic part of the human experience. Ever since the ticker first connected brokers over a century ago, technology and big data have unlocked previously unimaginable new frontiers in how predictions can happen. But with all of the inputs, has the output been less reliable prediction? From election forecasts to Wall Street trading to sports analytics, compelling evidence suggests that prediction has actually gotten worse when computers generate it. "The Uses and Abuses of Prediction" seminar series highlights how prediction shapes our outlooks and decisions—and why it falters.

"The Uses and Abuses of Prediction" is hosted by Andrew W. Mellon Professor and English Department Chair Gayle Rogers and the Center for Governance and Markets at the University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with experts from many different fields to discuss their thoughts. 

Find out more, watch previous events, and register for the upcoming sessions here.