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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
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A revelatory exploration of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large.

Which paint color is most likely to tell you that a used car is in good shape? How can officials identify the most dangerous New York City manholes before they explode? And how did Google searches predict the spread of the H1N1 flu outbreak?

The key to answering these questions, and many more, is big data. “Big data” refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from 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.

In this brilliantly clear, often surprising work, two leading experts explain what big data is, how it will change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. Big Data is the first big book about the next big thing.

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A good read but only on pc

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Big Data annoyed me a little bit early on, but gradually won me over in the long run. There were two key problems. First, the book frequently trumped the idea that correlation is good enough (you don ... Read full review

Contents

1 NOW
1
2 MORE
19
3 MESSY
32
4 CORRELATION
50
5 DATAFICATION
73
6 VALUE
98
7 IMPLICATIONS
123
8 RISKS
150
9 CONTROL
171
10 NEXT
185
Back Matter
199
Back Flap
243
Back Cover
244
Spine
245
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About the author (2013)

VIKTOR MAYER-SCHÖNBERGER is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. A widely recognized authority on big data, he is the author of over a hundred articles and eight books, of which the most recent is Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age. He is on the advisory boards of corporations and organizations around the world, including Microsoft and the World Economic Forum.

KENNETH CUKIER is the Data Editor of theEconomistand a prominent commentator on developments in big data. His writings on business and economics have appeared inForeign Affairs, theNew York Times, theFinancial Times, and elsewhere.

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