Ambient intelligence will create a "data culture" that envelops and enables us all. The sooner people understand ambient intelligence and the data required for such to exist, the better people will understand why so many corporations are hard at work gathering data and making it widely available.
Before privacy protection efforts go overboard and drown the big data infant in the Sea of Good Intentions, it's important to help the public--and other big data users too--understand the many benefits to be had in big data.
Big data, artificial intelligence and smart machines are the ultimate study in convergence. Together they change everything from how we work, and whether we can get work, to many of the intricacies of our daily lives from manufacturing goods and taking care of our homes, to flying and even to how we fight wars. This week there's big news on this front.
I chatted with Avivah Litan, an esteemed analyst with Gartner, ahead of the Gartner BI & Analytics Summit 2014 which is opening in Vegas on March 31. In this exclusive interview, she shared enlightening details of her upcoming presentation titled "The Seven Dimensions of Context-Aware Security Analytics." I hope you can attend her presentation this week. I can say with certainty that it's well worth your time. But in case you can't or in case you want to know a little more before you go, here are the highlights…
Now that the heat of the moment has passed, it's time to look at the evolving evidence with a more discerning eye. "As each new allegation about the National Security Agency's data-gathering capabilities hits the news, one has to wonder how much of it is true and how much is sensationalism," writes Wayne Rash in eWeek.
In the end, the CDC's predictions proved right and big data failed in the hands of some of the best big data analysts on the planet: Google's. So what does that mean to big data practitioners elsewhere? Here are the lessons learned...
One thing is clear: Snowden made no pretense at preserving that balance. His actions now stand to harm us all. And he physically resides in enemy, or at least hostile frenemy, territory which puts him at risk too.
From consumer sales to public uprisings, big data can only tell you what is happening and not why it's happening. Without knowing the why behind the what, the actions you take on big data insights can easily and woefully be off course.
This is not a trend that will peak and fall. This is a fundamental change in how business is done.
Finally, we have a way to do some major housekeeping and bring the law itself to judgment.