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

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

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Financial Times Business Book of the Year Finalist

"Illuminating and very timely . . . a fascinating -- and sometimes alarming -- survey of big data's growing effect on just about everything: business, government, science and medicine, privacy, and even on the way we think."
--New York Times

It seems like "big data" is in the news every day, as we read the latest examples of how powerful algorithms are teasing out the hidden connections between seemingly unrelated things. Whether it is used by the NSA to fight terrorism or by online retailers to predict customers' buying patterns, big data is a revolution occurring around us, in the process of forever changing economics, science, culture, and the very way we think. But it also poses new threats, from the end of privacy as we know it to the prospect of being penalized for things we haven't even done yet, based on big data's ability to predict our future behavior. What we have already seen is just the tip of the iceberg.

Big Data is the first major book about this earthshaking subject, with two leading experts explaining what big data is, how it will change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards.

"An optimistic and practical look at the Big Data revolution -- just the thing to get your head around the big changes already underway and the bigger changes to come."
--Cory Doctorow,

Author: Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Kenneth Cukier
Publisher: Harper Business
Published: 03/04/2014
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.47lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.28w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780544227750

About the Author
VIKTOR MAYER-SCHÖNBERGER is a professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University. He is the author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age.

KENNETH CUKIER is the data editor of the Economist and a prominent commentator on developments in big data.

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