Big Data – Hype, Reality, Bill Gates and the Buddha

Today’s NYT carried a very good blog post on the six myths surrounding big data. Contrast this with another equally good  article on the premise of Big Data – that “…hidden in all that information lies a hyper-resolution map of the world’s behavior in space and time. It’s a representation of human life and the natural world with a fidelity we have never had before…”. There will be proponents of both…

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Big Data can set your mind free…

In my last post, I talked about the paradox of big data, or how data can be misery… In today’s post, I will talk about how that paradox can be resolved… and how data can set you free. Consider these statements by some of the leading writers, academics and researchers into the way we function. Sheena Iyengar, the Columbia professor and author of the brilliant book ‘The Art of Choosing”…

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The Paradox of Big Data… or Why Data is Misery

We’ve heard it shouted from every rooftop recently– big data is the next big thing, we’re a data-driven company, data underlies everything we do…. So here’s a paradoxical, even heretical thought: Data is misery. Why? Consider this. We are all becoming adherents of the data-driven life and the quantified self movement. Arguments not backed by data just do not cut it, whether it is a business meeting, or a casual…

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A view from the Box

This is a space for us to crayon our thoughts, our points of view. On data. On analytics. On whats the latest. On whats coming your way. On how its going to change your life in maybe small, in maybe significant ways. In all possible aspects. The enterprise view. The consumer view. So stay tuned.