(2020 – TVO, 60’)
Margin of Error is a feature documentary that follows “Polly” as she sets out to predict the results of the 2019 Canadian Federal election. Polly is an artificial intelligence algorithm that builds representative samples in the range of 250,000 people by “scrapping” publicly available social media feeds and makes predictions without ever asking anyone what they think. Polly’s track record is impressive, calling Brexit, Trump’s election and Trudeau’s first victory with uncanny accuracy. But how does it really work? Is it all it’s cracked up to be? And what are the larger ramifications for our privacy?
(2020 – TVO, 60’) feature documentary in post-production that follows Ottawa-based company Advanced Symbolics, Inc. which uses an artificial intelligence algorithm they call “Polly” to scrape social media platforms and predict election outcomes more accurately than traditional pollsters.
(2006- Sundance Channel, 80’ and 52’) feature documentary for Sundance Channel, tackles the subject of the assault of big box corporate America on independent business, through the eyes of Emmy Award winning former NBC foreign correspondent Hanson Hosein and his journalist wife Heather Hughes.