In this feature, John Kirkley looks at how the threat of Big Data turning into Big Brother has its roots in Cold War. The year was 1968 and it was the height of the Cold War. Wanting to know more about how a totalitarian regime might exercise rigid control over its population, the U.S. government […]
Will Big Data help bring about the dystopian vision of George Orwell’s novel 1984 or be a boon for humanity, providing a range of benefits that were unthinkable until just recently? That’s the question Fred Gallagher, the general manager of Vectorwise tentatively addresses in a blog posted on Wired’s Innovation Insights. Gallagher pokes gingerly at […]
In this video, Jennifer Pahlka describes how the Code for America project. As kind of a “Peace Corps for geeks,” the CFA enlists coders and data scientists to help governments become more connected, lean, and participatory through new opportunities for public service. Code for America helps governments work better for everyone with the people and […]
How well is the Federal Government leveraging Big Data? In this podcast, Michael Nelson, a technology policy analyst from Bloomberg Government describes recent progress and obstacles the Feds are running into along the way. Big Data, it’s is the next big thing expected to trigger $34 billion in worldwide IT spending this year. But harvesting […]
This week PNNL announced that the lab is launching the new Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing in cooperation with the University of Washington. Researchers associated with the institute will work to ensure the next generation of computers and the methods used to run them can address challenges ranging from climate change to energy management. Computing […]
A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has received a $2.7 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop technology to help address the challenges of Big Data – data sets that are both massive and complex. The contract is part of DARPA’s XDATA program, a four-year research effort to […]
In this video from the Wired Health Conference, Rick Smolan from Against All Odds Productions shares the possible future of healthcare: a gamified device that enables people to monitor their health before complicating problems. Smolan contends that Big Data is essentially the planet’s development of its own nervous systems, a definition that really brings it […]
In this video, Shirley Ann Jackson from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rachel Sterne Haot from the New York City Hall look at how government, companies, educational institutions, and the health care sector can harness and manage Big Data. The video was recorded at The Economist’s World in 2013 Festival on December 8, 2012.
In this video from ZDNet, NASA’s Nicholas Skytland discusses the agency’s big data challenges with over 10 Terabytes of data coming in every day from satellites. With missions planned that will transmit 24 Terabytes per day, NASA is leveraging Cloud Computing to handle much larger data sets in the future.
Over at GigaOM, Derrick Harris writes that NASA has launched a series of TopCoder challenges designed to find innovative solutions to the government’s big data problems. In the Big Data Challenge, contestants will try to derive value from disparate, incompatible cross-agency data sets. Although the possibility of influencing big data strategies within some of the […]