'Living with Machines' in Leeds: finding stories with data science

How and why did machines change Leeds and surrounding areas in the 1800s? Researchers on Living with Machines have made different data science ‘lenses’ for looking at the past. We’ve taught computers to ‘read’ old newspapers, maps, census records and more. We’re building new ways of working with software to help understand how machines changed lives then – and now.

We show how machines changed what people did and how they lived. What traces can you still see around you today?

Some Ordnance Survey maps are courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.

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