Big Data: The Essential Guide to Work, Life and Learning in the Age of Insight (Paperback)
  • Big Data: The Essential Guide to Work, Life and Learning in the Age of Insight (Paperback)

Big Data: The Essential Guide to Work, Life and Learning in the Age of Insight (Paperback)

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Published: 12/01/2017
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New and expanded edition.

An International Bestseller - Over One Million Copies Sold!

Shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

Since Aristotle, we have fought to understand the causes behind everything. But this ideology is fading. In the age of big data, we can crunch an incomprehensible amount of information, providing us with invaluable insights about the what rather than the why.

We're just starting to reap the benefits: tracking vital signs to foresee deadly infections, predicting building fires, anticipating the best moment to buy a plane ticket, seeing inflation in real time and monitoring social media in order to identify trends. But there is a dark side to big data. Will it be machines, rather than people, that make the decisions? How do you regulate an algorithm? What will happen to privacy? Will individuals be punished for acts they have yet to commit?

In this groundbreaking and fascinating book, two of the world's most-respected data experts reveal the reality of a big data world and outline clear and actionable steps that will equip the reader with the tools needed for this next phase of human evolution.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473647206
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


'Just as water is wet in a way that individual water molecules aren't, big data can reveal information in a way that individual bits of data can't. Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier show us the surprising ways that enormous, complex and messy collections of data can be used to predict everything from shopping patterns to flu outbreaks' - Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus and Here Comes Everybody'Every decade, there are a handful of books that change the way you look at everything. This is one of those books. Society has begun to reckon the change that big data will bring. This book is an incredibly important start' - Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and author of Remix and Free Culture'An optimistic and practical look at the big data revolution - just the thing to get your head around the big changes already underway and the bigger changes to come' - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing'In Big Data, Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier break new ground in identifying how today's avalanche of information fundamentally shifts our basic understanding of the world. Argued boldly and written beautifully, the book clearly shows how companies can unlock value, how policymakers need to be on guard, and how everyone's cognitive models need to change' - Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab'This brilliant book cuts through the mystery and the hype surrounding big data. A must-read for anyone in business, information technology, public policy, intelligence, and medicine. And anyone else who is just plain curious about the future' - John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp. and head of Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre'The book teems with great insights on the new ways of harnessing information, and offers a convincing vision of the future. It is essential reading for anyone who uses - or is affected by - big data' - Jeff Jonas, IBM Fellow & Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics'Big Data is a must-read for anyone who wants to stay ahead of one of the key trends defining the future of business' - Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.comAn excellent primer - Financial Times

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“Important to know what's coming”

This is an interesting and approachable book on the uses, advantages and dangers of Big Data. Enormous amounts of data is generated every minute which due to todays computing power can be accessed, stored, used and... More

Hardback edition
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“Big Data”

Should you really worry about how your personal details are being mined and used? Should you really be concerned that your e-reader is remembering just how far through 'War And Peace' you quit reading and... More

Paperback edition
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“A Brief Summary and Review”

*A full executive summary of this book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com, on or before Monday, March 18, 2013.

The main argument: Statistical information, or data, has long been recognized to be a... More

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