Information, like light, flows through cities in interesting, often beautiful, patterns.
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May 30, 2013 Big Data promises a future where our Big Cities become more flexible and responsive to human needs, argues commentator Adam Frank. While danger may lurk in the data sets, the fact is that we may need to mine Big Data for solutions to our everyday problems.
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The Orion nebula is the brightest spot in the sword of the Orion, or the Hunter constellation.
April 13, 2013 Big Data is considered a tool for finding correlations amid vast amounts of information. But without the ability to unearth causation, Big Data can only reveal so much.
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Big Data: trying to make sense of the numbers
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March 12, 2013 Big Data is no flash in the pan. It's a revolution that will transform how we live. It's another in a long line of human attempts to bring order to the universe. As such, commentator Adam Frank also says it will change how we do science.
March 10, 2013 What "Big Data" really means in under 9 minutes. It's a video, so you can just sit back and watch as Christopher Barnatt digs into this topic.
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.
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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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