This is the first episode in a two part series on the ethics of big data and autonomous machines. In this episode we speak with Prof Simon Maskell, Professor of Autonomous Systems at the University of Liverpool. He was involved in the hunt for MH370 which is the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing less than one hour after take-off from Kuala Lampur on March 8, 2014. It is an interesting case study in the use of big data because it demonstrates the critical role human judgement played in the analysis. The role of human judgement in autonomous systems and the ethics that should guide those judgements will be the subject of our next episode.

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