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Big Data: Here to Stay, but
with Caveats

American Magazine, by Edward Tenner

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 7/30/2014 11:09:34 AM

At first glance it’s strange that the idea of big data — often imagined simply as the use of software to explore and analyze unprecedented amounts of information — should be controversial at all. Haven’t we depended on it for years in our everyday lives? Haven’t credit card companies mined their vast records to prevent fraud by identifying suspicious purchase patterns? Don’t politicians of both parties analyze voting records down to the precinct level to identify opportunities for tipping elections? And don’t nearly all of us rely on Google and other search engines to exploit complex algorithms that identify the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/30/2014 11:24:52 AM     (No. 9946228)

The Vast majority of Big Data is machine generated. Cell tower pings, grocery scanners, clicks on a website are all data types that are so immense it used to be prohibitively expensive to even capture it. Now, with SMP products like Hadoop, we can capture and analyze it.

The problem is - I don´t trust the government with the data they already have on me. I certainly don´t trust them with these Vast new sources.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tren9, 7/30/2014 11:30:31 AM     (No. 9946242)

FTA: There is no big data about big data.

Much analysis is at least to some degree intuitive. And all of this is made more complicated by one major change over the last 20 years: processor speed has zoomed up at the same time that cost of vast amounts of memory has fallen dramatically. So now it is possible for ´them´ to watch us all...

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