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Big data: atlas, algorithms and cybersecurity

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Mapping the pure-plays and players in the hottest sector in tech. (Published on June 28, 2013)

The new age of algorithms: How it affects the way we live

‘Big Data’ impacts how we work, elect our presidents, and play tennis. It also affects the way we’re watched

By Robert A. LehrmanCorrespondent / August 11, 2013

They work a few hundred yards from one of the Library of Congress‘s most prized possessions: a vellum copy of the Bible printed in 1455 by Johann Gutenberg, inventor of movable type. But almost six centuries later, Jane Mandelbaum and Thomas Youkel have a task that would confound Gutenberg.

The researchers are leading a team that is archiving almost every tweet sent out since Twitter began in 2006. A half-billion tweets stream into library computers each day.

Their question: How can they store the tweets so they become a meaningful tool for researchers – a sort of digital transcript providing insights into the daily flow of history?

Thousands of miles away, Arnold Lund has a different task. Mr. Lund manages a lab for General Electric, a company that still displays the desk of its founder, Thomas Edison, at its research headquarters in Niskayuna, N.Y. But even Edison might need training before he’d grasp all the dimensions of one of Lund’s projects.

Lund’s question:How can power companies harness the power of data to predict which trees will fall on power lines during a storm – thus allowing them to prevent blackouts before they happen?…MORE

(Cover story in the Aug. 12 issue of The Christian Science MonitorWeekly)

  What is Big Data

Big Data is the next big thing in computing. This video explains Big Data characteristics, technologies and opportunities. Published by explainingcomputers on June 16, 2012. For more information, see…

How Big Data is being used (Debate)

How government, companies, educational institutions, and the health care sector can harness and manage big data, from Shirley Ann Jackson, president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Rachel Sterne Haot, chief digital officer for New York City. The session was moderated by The Economist’s Natasha Loder at The Economist’s World in 2013 Festival on December 8th 2012. (Published on December, 21, 2012)


Foreign Affairs Focus: Big Data with Kenneth N. Cukier. Editor Gideon Rose interviews Kenn Cukier, data editor of The Economist, on the rise of big data and its implications for society. Mr. Cukier points out the distinct power and potential of big data, noting how this «datafication» can affect society in everything from automobile safety to politics to social work. He also addresses the risks presented by this trend (Published on March 20, 2013)


Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, March 2013

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