This great talk was delivered by Kenneth Cukier – data editor of the Economist. The take home message is very convincing: having more data allows us to gather more knowledge.
Big data is going to transform how we live, how we work and how we think. It is going to help us manage our careers and lead lives of satisfaction and hope and happiness and health, but in the past we’ve often looked at information technology and our eyes have only seen the T, the technology, the hardware, because that’s what was physical. We now need to recast our gaze at the I, the information, which is less apparent, but in some ways a lot more important. Humanity can finally learn from the information that it can collect, as part of our timeless quest to understand the world and our place in it, and that’s why big data is a big deal.