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Big data and “machine learning” can transform society, but they wield tremendous power that demands responsible use.


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Humans and technology are beginning to interact in new ways that will revolutionize society. Kenneth Cukier, data editor at The Economist, adeptly explains the evolution and potential of big data. Though technology is making impressive advances, the picture isn’t entirely rosy, Cukier warns. getAbstract recommends his engrossing oration to innovators, scientists and futurists, as well as to individuals whose jobs could be obliterated by the rise of big data.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How big data is transforming society,
  • How “machine learning” has changed the value of information, and
  • What dangers the big data revolution has in store.


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Kenneth Cukier is the data editor of The Economist.

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