What Your “Likes” Can Reveal About You: Jen Golbeck on Human Computer Interaction

Research pioneer in social networking and human-computer interaction

Before Facebook was even a thing, Jen Golbeck has already been analyzing social networks and using artificial intelligence to figure out people’s secrets based on what they do online. Jen Golbeck is a computer scientist and Ted Talk speaker of “The curly fry conundrum: Why social media ‘likes’ say more than you think” . She is doing some fascinating research on human computer interaction, and how that can reveal many surprising things about ourselves. 

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In this interview, we chat about how Jen first found her passion for computer science, some challenges she faced being in a male-dominated field, and what her current research entails.




Quote of the Day

It is what it is. Old family saying

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How she managed to finish her computer science degree in her last year in college

  2. How she figured out people’s personality types and sexual orientation based on their “likes”

  3. What is “Benford’s law” and how it helps her track fake accounts online

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The Circle 

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Getting to Know Jen Golbeck

What is a helpful resource for you?

Twitter has been a great resource for her to connect with her colleagues.

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Jim Hendler has been a great mentor and inspirational advisor for Jen. Her friend Judith, likewise has been a great career advisor and helped her make difficult decisions.

What is your purpose on this planet?

Jen’s purpose on this planet is to help us learn more about human behavior and interaction. She also understands that the research she’s doing can be abused, so she wants to warn people and help develop policies so that they can be protected.

How to connect with Carol?

Jen’s Twitter @jengolbeck

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