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The Big Data Revolution

Friday, May 24, 2013

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger explores big data and how it will affect the economy, science, and society at large. “Big data” refers to our increasing ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think shows how this emerging science can translate data—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable forms, and lead to breakthroughs.

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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

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Comments [3]

Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ

From my book Ornamentally Incorrect

Zip Your Lip

The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that you don't have to give out your zip code when you charge something in a store. The court held that zip codes are "personal identification in-formation" and none of a business's business.

The simplest solution to this invasion of privacy is to move to Beverly Hills. Whenever I'm asked my zip code I tell them 90210.

May. 24 2013 01:54 PM
Amy from Manhattan

1. Interpretation of data patterns & correlations is still subject to the interpreters' assumptions about what they mean.

2. Maybe people who can't afford to pay their bills on time are less likely to be able to afford their medication, or the insurance to pay for it.

May. 24 2013 01:54 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Maybe it's improved by now, but 10-15 years ago, Google's translation function was hilarious, especially for recipes (& probably any set of instructions). My favorite was "To move the cheese until it fuses" (translated from a Spanish phrase meaning "Stir the cheese until it melts"). A major factor, in addition to those Mr. Mayer-Schonberger mentioned, is context.

May. 24 2013 01:40 PM

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