[FoRK] Big Data

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Sat Feb 4 06:05:01 PST 2012


On Sat, Feb 04, 2012 at 02:19:02PM +0100, Koen Holtman wrote:

> In big data about humans, there is no such technical argument about how
> big the data needs to be.  There is just the assumption that more data
> inevitably leads to more knowledge, more profitable ad placement, a more
> efficient economy, etc.  
> 
> It feels very much like a cargo cult.

I don't think total connectome from digitized anatomy is cargo
cult, and it's certainly big data (>EByte scale).
 
> I suspect that for many of these investor-supported and
> advertiser-supported big data sets, the point of diminishing returns was
> passed a long time ago.  The more perceptive high priests might know this
> already, but if they do they are not telling.


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