In the last 15 years, we have witnessed an explosion in the amount of digital data available — from the internet, social media, scientific equipment, smartphones, surveillance cameras, and many other sources — and in the computer technologies used to process it.
“Big Data,” as it is known, will undoubtedly deliver important scientific, technological, and medical advances. But Big Data also poses serious risks if it is misused or abused. Already, major innovations such as internet search engines, machine translation, and image labeling have relied on applying machine-learning techniques to vast data sets.
Author: Ernest Davis