This book provides good overview and examples of how big data works and transforms our life. It won't teach you big data but provide an understanding why it is important and eventually will become even more important. I enjoyed this book. I give 4 just because the chapter about justice based on big data is too long and repeating same idea over and over again.
I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to living in a world where Big Data is stepping up in a big way to help shape our world. The warnings were particularly helpful.
Occasional Reader that listens to audiobooks during my daily commute. Thanks Audible.
I bought this book on a whim to understand and it has me thinking of applicability in ways I cannot fathom. Thank you
This book inspired me to thik in new terms. Something which helped me to take advantage of existing technology to get new and deeper insights by scaling up and applying more data.
It was interesting and provided broad scope of view. It was basically an eye opener / show and tell of how amazing big data analysis is. It didn't into technical details beside naming a few software tools.
Concepts and players introduced. Enjoyable introduction to the field, how it works, and why.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, said, “You have to fight for your privacy or you lose it.” Mayer-Schőnberger and Cukier infer in their book, Big Data, that civilization’s privacy is already lost.
Facts are slippery things. When aggregated, facts can distort individual truth. Profiling can destroy individual opportunity by forecasting probabilistic evil.
The evil in business comes from white collar’ business criminals and hackers that capitalize on business data collection to victimize unwary customers. The economic consequence of business and white collar evil is to benefit the few at the expense of the many.
On balance, Mayer-Schőnberger and Cukier believe Big Data will improve lives. They believe profiling can be regulated. They believe Big Data correlation is a practical way of changing public and private policies because life is probabilistic and correlation beats destiny, or any other unproven causal explanation for life.
Invasion of privacy is a fact of life in the 21st century. Big Data has become a force of nature, a Pandora’s Box–opened; with consequences that cannot be foretold, only managed.
34 year old, married +2 wonderful kids. Like fantasy and self development: moral, humility, listening, relationship, kids education etc
I'm a developer for 18 years now,
If I have technical queries I would probably search for online example and find many.
If I need to learn new concepts, I would usually sit with someone for an hour to learn the basics and carry on learning with examples.
I usually listen to audiobooks to strengthen my soft skills like: listening, efficiency, motivation, leadership etc..
I took this book only after an excellent recommendation by a college.
I felt it very inspiring and it made a vivid connection between my day to day life and the outside world.
The examples were non-trivial and I found the book very clear, well organized and slowly constructing nice arguments step by step.
Everyone going to work every day wants to see meaning in his actions and this book definitely helped me clearing up the meaning in my work.
Exactly what I needed.
The real examples of Big Data application are very interesting. More and more data is being collected on all levels of our daily lives, and the computational power to process it increases consistently. The possibilities in the future are beyond our imagination today.
The example of Google managing to foretell epidemics in almost real time based on search terms is awesome!
As computers get more and more powerful, we will be able to use Big Data techniques to do amazing things, even at personal level. Imagine a personal assistant (like a smartphone) that "knows" what you're doing and anticipates your next moves based on data about your life it collects, privately, in real time. For example, you're talking about a possible trip to your wife and it tells you the best dates based on price, possibility of being away from work or school, weather forecast, availability of someone to take care of your dog, estimated availability of money at the time of the trip, etc. All in real time and without explicitly asking. You just need to say "book it!" at the end.