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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think

Book newly on the list of things to read:  Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, and Kenneth Cukier.  A quick scan shows this to be an introductory style book, no technology detail, not even diagrams, that seeks to state the current state of this technology.  Published in 2013, likely sufficiently up to date for about 18 months.  As they describe it:

" ... This emerging science can translate myriad phenomena—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable form, and uses our increasing computing power to unearth epiphanies that we never could have seen before. A revolution on par with the Internet or perhaps even the printing press, big data will change the way we think about business, health, politics, education, and innovation in the years to come. It also poses fresh threats, from the inevitable end of privacy as we know it to the prospect of being penalized for things we haven’t even done yet, based on big data’s ability to predict our future behavior. ... " 

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