The Human Face of Big Data


A  program recently aired on PBS (February 24, 2016), titled, “The Human Face of Big Data” that offered good information on the state of affairs of big data. As stated on the website, “With the rapid emergence of digital devices, an unstoppable, invisible force is changing human lives in incredible ways. Every two days the human race is now generating as much data as was generated from the dawn of humanity through the year 2003. The massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time is allowing us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges but as Edward Snowden and the release of NSA documents have shown, the accessibility of all this data comes at a steep price. This film captures the promise and peril of this extraordinary knowledge revolution.”

Here is a link to the page and some of the various clips from the program.

One of the items discussion was on ” Learning Revealed: How A Word Is ‘Birthed’

“At MIT, Deb Roy and his colleagues wanted to see if they could see how children acquire language. After he and his wife, Rupal, brought their newborn son home from the hospital, they did what every normal parent would do. Mount a camera in the ceiling in each room of their home and record every moment of their lives for the next two years.”

Overall, at this point in time it really is in its infancy. I find as the most interesting issue concerning the analysis of big data is the infinite number of combination of factors that can be used to see relationships that we never would have or had thought of before to correlate. These correlations are just so amazing that I think the only thing that will stop research in these endless possibilities are corporate greed or privacy issues of the owners of the data. All in all we are in a time where there will be an endless influx of big data, data sets and results.It boggles the mind.


PBS. (2016).The Human Face of Big Data. Retrieved from


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