Welcome to CLARITY IN A MESSY WORLD, the podcast that looks at the causes behind some of the most confounding issues of our time, produced by Bocconi and intended for the general public as well as for its own community. Host David W. Callahan talks with experts who share their knowledge and insights in plain language and help us untangle a seemingly chaotic world.
#8 - Better ways to communicate sustainability
Companies are increasingly keen on disclosing information about the responsible use of resources they make and in general about the sustainability of their operations. This is by no means just a marketing stunt, as stakeholders often take decisions based on this kind of information. For this reason, even non-financial data must be credible and transparent.
Ariela Caglio, associate professor of Management Accounting at Bocconi, tells us how accounting is so much more than bookkeeping.
#7 - AI Beyond SciFi
Artificial intelligence has been the stuff of science fiction for a long time. But what does “Artificial Intelligence” actually mean in today’s world? Do we really face a future in which machines may turn on us? With Riccardo Zecchina, Vodafone professor of Machine Learning and Data Science at Bocconi.
#6 - Are There Winners in Brexit?
How did Brexit happen? Why have negotiations with the European Union been so bumpy? And, more importantly, can either party claim to have had the upper hand? Eleanor Spaventa, professor of European Union law at Bocconi, lines up the facts and provides a rare balanced view on such a hotly contested topic.
#5 - Why Entrepreneurs Should Act like Scientists
With Alfonso Gambardella, head of the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi.
Entrepreneurs who behave like scientists achieve better results. Success in business is all about having the right intuition and making good predictions, and you get the best predictions if you adopt a scientific approach.
#4 - Media as a Force for Social Change
Poverty and inequality are ubiquitous. A scientific approach to fighting poverty can yield impressive results, both as a way of efficiently allocating scarce resources and as a tool for determining what policies are most effective. Eliana La Ferrara, professor of development economics at Bocconi, describes how science can help disadvantaged communities both in the rich world and in developing countries. She has interesting stories to share involving how to use educational media for empowering women, and other underprivileged groups.
#3 - The Potential Pitfalls of Algorithms
With Prof Dirk Hovy, whose research focuses on computational social science.
Our life is increasingly influenced by algorithms, which decide not just what comes on top of every Google search but also many other things you don't even know. An algorithm is neither good nor bad in itself, but telling a machine how to perform certain functions is riddled with pitfalls which can result in very undesirable consequences.