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Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think | [Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier]

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Karen 03-06-14
    Karen 03-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good intro to big data"

    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.

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    Kalpana Edison, NJ, United States 02-10-14
    Kalpana Edison, NJ, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Big Data Buzz All explained"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 01-26-14
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 01-26-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Decent & Interesting but Story Flow OFF."
    Where does Big Data rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Big Data to and why?

    Extracts parts from Power of Habit and Malcom Gladwell type boods


    What three words best describe Jonathan Hogan’s voice?

    Sonorous and clear but perhaps a bit dry


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    not really a movie type book


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Park City, UT, United States 10-08-13
    Steve Park City, UT, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nothing insightful in this book"
    What could Viktor Mayer-Schöberger and Kenneth Cukier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


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    James Richard Woodruff San Diego, CA United States 10-04-13
    James Richard Woodruff San Diego, CA United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2015

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    Where does Big Data rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Data?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Hogan’s performance?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not especially, but it's too long for that anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Good stuff.

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    Kevin JUPITER, FL, United States 09-18-13
    Kevin JUPITER, FL, United States 09-18-13
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    "Valuable though a tad sensationalistic"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Sarah New York, NY, United States 08-28-13
    Sarah New York, NY, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent Info, A Bit Tedious Though"
    What did you like best about Big Data? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Did Big Data inspire you to do anything?

    Recommend Signal and the Noise and Automate This instead.


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    William OWASSO, OK, United States 12-18-13
    William OWASSO, OK, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not much meat..."
    Would you try another book from Viktor Mayer-Schöberger and Kenneth Cukier and/or Jonathan Hogan?

    Nope


    What could Viktor Mayer-Schöberger and Kenneth Cukier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not repeat so much and have some real information rather than stating the obvious shallow conclusions over and over.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance o.k. Hard to be good narrator of less than interesting material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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