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What Stays in Vegas by Adam Tanner

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The Puzzle of Your Identity

Six Degrees to Harry Lewis

During Gary Loveman’s time at Harvard Business School, a respected computer science professor became dean of Harvard College on the other side of the Charles River. Harry Lewis was even more of a numbers nerd than Loveman, having earned a PhD in applied mathematics. A top expert on data, he has taught thousands of students about computer science. Like Loveman, he was very interested in what human insights can be gained from people’s data. Because he had worked so long in computer science—starting long before the personal computer era—he was concerned about how much could be revealed about people by aggregating their data. Lewis did not know Loveman, but had heard of him.

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