Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.
©2013 Viktor Mayer-Schöberger and Kenneth Cukier (P)2013 Recorded Books
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
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.
Big Data by by Mayer-Schöberger and Cukier is a good introduction to how big data is/can be used, ethical considerations, accountability, and opportunities. Recommended as a business book to understand the significance and responsibilities inherent in big data collection/use, and useful to consumers to understand how big data impacts their lives.
This book takes several aspects of Big Data and dissects each of them giving real life examples of how big data was used in creative ways. It pulls out examples from history, current companies and explains how the big data evolution is coming into all aspects of life. I would recommend this for anyone who is wondering what big data is all about and how it can be used in our day to day work life.
This was my first listen of a non fiction book but I think given the content, I think it is worth while to invest in the paper version and/or kindle version so you can easily refer to sections of most interest again.
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