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
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.
I have been Audible member since 1998 with overt 600 audiobooks. This one ranks about 400 overall. Among non fiction and computer genres, it ranks probably 20 out of 75 that I have listened to.
Extracts parts from Power of Habit and Malcom Gladwell type boods
Sonorous and clear but perhaps a bit dry
not really a movie type book
Overall good ideas and interesting, but the flow of the story is off. hard to settle into the story and the first chapter seems to be redundant. Some really interesting ideas but they are scattered throughout and are difficult to piece together. Probably would be better as short chapters or short stories by themselves. I am curious if they got an actor instead of a narrator to read the book if it would have flowed a little better or been more interesting.
This book makes maybe a couple of interesting observations, but the rest is obvious and repetitive. I found it irritating that the author kept trying to make the same tired points over and over. I found some of the anecdotes interesting, but overall the book was not worth my time or money.
I found this book to be quite enjoyable and a great overview of the Big Data movement, though some sections toward the end got a bit preachy and moralistic.
Why does this guy pronounce the word "rather" (and only that word) with some kind of an English accent? For some reason I found that supremely irritating.
Not especially, but it's too long for that anyway.
From Netflix to surveillance cameras, this is a worthwhile introduction to many of the human implications of living in a world of big data. The book is scholarly, and I learned a great deal. In their effort to reach a popular audience, the language is a little hyperbolic for my tastes, but this is a solid work nonetheless.
Big Data does a fairly good job pulling together modern and historical uses of big data to help understand the concept beyond its link to computers. However, there are now many books on this topic and this is the most lifeless that I have read.
The historical, early uses of Big Data are the most intriguing part of the book, as they are uncommon in books on this topic. The writing, however, was monotone and a bit of a slog. Also, the author used the word "rather" to the point of extreme annoyance.
Recommend Signal and the Noise and Automate This instead.
Not repeat so much and have some real information rather than stating the obvious shallow conclusions over and over.
Performance o.k. Hard to be good narrator of less than interesting material.
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