James Evans

James Evans is an expert on how collectives think, what they know, and how they could think better, with a special focus on understanding and improving innovation in science, technology, business and society. His work uses large-scale data and machine learning to explore the emergence of ideas, shared patterns of reasoning, attention, communication and certainty. Evans uses these patterns to build algorithms that think differently, complementing human collective reasoning by making inferences that humans could not.

His research has been published in Nature, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and top social science and computer science outlets and has been featured in the The New York Times, The EconomistThe Atlantic MonthlyWIREDNPRBBC, CNN and many other outlets.

Evans Stories

Is scientific progress slowing? with James Evans (Ep. 89)

Scholar examines how researchers could generate greater innovation and discovery