The rise in popularity of computing and internet use have been universally hailed as signs of great progress. Computers and the Internet are now used extensively in both our personal and work lives and have served to both increase our productivity, and expand our capacity for innovation in multiple sectors. However, there is also a dark side to computers and internet use that must be recognized and dealt with. For as with most human developments, if it can be used for good, it can most certainly be used for evil as well.
Interesting thoughts on Big Data and it’s practical applications
While on my way back from New York, for some odd reason I started playing around with Foursquare and plotting my check-in data using a handful of apps. Very quickly I realized two things: the amount of time I spend in airplanes has doubled every year since 2009, and when I am in San Francisco, I lead a very predictable life and go to only a handful of places — a lot.
Except for one small thing: While the data shows that I lead a pretty boring life, it doesn’t reflect the “emotions” behind the data. Why, you might ask, is this important? The answer is that as we move towards a quantified society, one shaped by data, we start to dismiss things that aren’t easily quantifiable. Empathy, emotion and storytelling — these are as much a part of the business as they are of life. Without these, we might as well…
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