The human face of big data
Big data is a simple term used to describe the emergence of incredibly powerful ways to gather and analyse digital information to gain new insights about nearly every aspect of our world and lives. This is being made possible due to the increasingly digital and connected nature of our world; our ability to create, store and access digital information in real time; and the evolution of technology to apply creative and powerful analytical tools to the information, to create new, unexpected insights that promise to help solve our most intractable problems and highlight some of our greatest opportunities.
Progressive businesses and governments are already alive to the promise of big data and its impact on developing and emerging economies can be even more far reaching. India with its IT expertise has the opportunity to be a significant beneficiary. But like with any opportunity that promises a revolution comes responsibility, this one is no exception. The concern for data privacy is not speculative anymore; it needs to be amicably discussed amongst stakeholders as big data benefits all.
In 2011, the world created a staggering 1.8 zettabytes of
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