Blog Post 1: Big Data

Big data seems to be driving the global future, from individual human lives to corporate, national and global decision making.

Read the report by Pew institute on the main theme of Internet future and big data and watch the TED talk on Big data , point out why you think big data is important, what are its social and political implications, do focus on the findings and comments you find in the report but you are free to refer to real world examples and any example or theme you find relevant to your response

Link to report:Big Data

TED Talk:

Additional Reading and Video from Davos 2015: Big Data

Davos 2015 In Tech we trust: http://www.weforum.org/sessions/summary/tech-we-trust

The Pew report focuses on Two key arguments,

1)      Big Data are drawn together in ways that will improve social, political, and economic intelligence.

2)       Big Data could cause more problems than it solves between now and 2020.

You can use these two themes and develop an argument supporting both or taking one side of it you post should not exceed 750 Words.

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One thought on “Blog Post 1: Big Data

    Chester Hojnicki said:
    June 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    It is impossible to deny the benefits that come with the use of Big Data in the 21st century. Whether it be mapping out areas with a high potential for natural disaster, recording regions that have high rates of crime and violence, or better medical care Big Data can undoubtably have a positive impact on how we live our lives. However, with all of this information comes a great responsibility, and a very real potential for abuse if acquired by individuals seeking to cause harm to the general public. I believe that Big Data can improve social, political and economic intelligence, but in order to be successful in doing this, it is imperative that we learn how to control this data and compartmentalize so that it may be used in a way that is safe and effective. In Jonathan Zittrain’s lecture on the future of the internet, he discusses the rapid change in technology throughout the 20th century, specifically the shift from sterile to generative technologies. Zittrain describes sterile technology as a tool that was only available to a small number of individuals, mainly scientists. Over time, however, this sterile technology eventually transformed into generative technology which could be used by the general public, and can be seen in the creation of the general purpose computer during the 1970’s. This generative technology ultimately paved the way for the creation of the internet, which was extremely successful as it was able connect people all over the world through a single platform. In theory, this is an effective tool, although the major downside to this is that the internet, at it’s conception, assumed the best of it’s users and contributors. As history has shown however, the individual is unpredictable, and thus the internet has in many ways become the wild west. This can be noted specifically with the introduction of third party enterprises that seek to extract personal information from the common user. Zittrain believes that this will ultimately lead us back to an era of sterile technology, where the general public will be unable to reap the positive benefits of the internet. I feel that this is unnecessary, and that the problem here is not Big Data but rather governing bodies and their inability to adapt to changing technology. Thus, I believe that the most effective way to establish a uniform internet governing system would to be to create a forum similar to the United Nations.

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