Shwetak Patel (foreground), a MacArthur Fellow, recognized that every device in a home has a unique signature that can be used to track energy usage. The data collected by Patel's system showed that digital video recorders were responsible for 11 percent of this home's power use, just one example of The Human Face of Big Data.
© Peter Menzel 2012/from The Human Face of Big Data
January 8, 2013 As I venture into new fields (like thinking about physics and cities) I become more astonished at Big Data's capacity for revolutionizing the way human beings organize themselves for better or for worse.
September 18, 2012 The rise of Big Data means we live in a society that is being monitored on both the individual and collective level in new and truly unimaginable ways.
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