FROM Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
This Post Will Self-Destruct in 7 Seconds With every click, tap and swipe on our digital devices we're creating massive amounts of data — messages, purchases, status updates – and we're archiving everything we do for companies, security agencies and other interested parties to see, sometimes without our permission. How to deal with the burden of our data trails? Some people are turning to more fleeting forms of communication like Snapchat and Whisper , apps that erase photos and messages almost immediately after they're opened. Imagine an Internet that leaves no trace. Could these ephemeral forms of communication be a model for a new way of living our lives online, less burdened by data storage and our digital histories?
What Big Data Means for Your Life, Now and in the Future Netflix used Big Data to determine that 27 million subscribers would like the series House of Cards , starring Kevin Spacey. Yahoo used Big Data to require employees to come into the office rather than working from home. Google is using Big Data to develop self-driving cars. But, what is Big Data? Is it more than a powerful tool? Could it change the way people think? We hear how Netflix developed House of Cards and look at the risks as well as the benefits of a constantly expanding avalanche of information… about us.
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