Big Data

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

by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger , Kenneth Cukier

Number of pages: 242

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

BBB Library: Technology and Globalization

ISBN: 9780544002692

About the Authors

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger : Schönberger is a Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the


Kenneth Cukier : Cukier is the Data Editor of the Economist and a prominent


Editorial Review

“Big data” refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. This emerging science can translate myriad phenomena—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable form and uses our increasing computing power to unearth epiphanies that we could never have seen before. A revolution on par with the Internet or perhaps even the printing press, big data will change the way we think about business, health, politics, education, and innovation in the years to come. It also poses fresh threats, from the inevitable 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. In this brilliantly clear, often surprising work, two leading experts explain what big data is, how it will change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. Big Data is the first big book about the next big thing.

Book Reviews

"Big data has given birth to an array of new companies and has helped existing companies boost customer service and find new synergies. " - The New York Times

"Big data analysis gives big business a competitive edge" - The Guardian

"You’ll likely walk away feeling impressed, informed and most importantly, curious about the immense possibilities that lie before us with the study of big data." - Berkeley

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