As microprocessors have grown increasingly powerful and memory storage increasingly inexpensive, the analysis of extremely large datasets to discover patterns and associations that would otherwise remain elusive has been dubbed big data. This type of analysis has been used in fields ranging from science and medicine to business and the military.
Twitter is finally figuring out how to turn data into dollars
Twitter is sitting on a goldmine. The gold is all our tweets. And now, the extraction process has begun.
How to create an anonymous alter ego in 6 easy steps
Privacy might be on its deathbed, but making yourself a bit less machine-readable goes a long way to preserving our right to anonymity.
Open Source and the Big Data dilemma
Consumers are forced to choose between proprietary systems that limit their ownership and Open Source alternatives that exploit their data.
Inside the Web’s $156 billion invisible industry
No one really knows how the data miners are collecting the mass of information they have on consumers, how much they know, or who’s buying it.
The artificial intelligence arms race in Silicon Valley is on
Yesterday, Facebook announced it hired NYU professor Yann LeCun to run its newly created artificial intelligence lab.
The dwindling potential of digital democracy
We need to build platforms that better match political action to the structure of governance.
Digital self-defense: When big data does good
Big data isn't all bad. We just need to know how it's being handled.