Google Research teamed with Stanford's Pande Lab and produced a paper on using large-scale machine learning for drug discovery. The results they found in testing the use of data from multiple diseases on multitask neural networks to find new cures and treatments is very encouraging.
Big data can and will be used by consumers increasingly in their buying decisions, much to retailers' chagrin. The latest example of that is OpenLabel, an app that reads product barcodes and converts them into crowdsourced digital labels.
According to a Reuter's report, Edward Snowden, the government surveillance whistle-blower and the guy who introduced big data to the public, wants to come home. If Snowden does come home, he'll find little has changed.
According to Bruce Schneier, "The Equation Group" is "almost certainly the NSA."
The newly released repository democratizes access to "thousands of dollars (and growing) worth of rich datasets" that CrowdFlower says "have been fully cleaned, organized and deduped" by its very human community. The datasets are provided by CrowdFlower customers who share data through the Data for Everyone Library.
A recent FTC report says identity theft is the number one consumer complaint for the 15th consecutive year. But there is more data in the FTC report than many headlines would suggest. One interesting thing is the ranking of identity theft hotbeds.
One of the most interesting big data use cases Ben Wellington cited was finding the worst place to park in NYC that would guarantee a parking ticket.
Sqrrl--a big data security analytics company that commercializes NSA technology--spun out of the NSA two years ago. With all the public debate over the government's use of data, particularly over the NSA's use of it, it comes as a surprise to many that NSA technologies would be commercialized and made available to the private sector.
Open source log analysis platform provider Graylog recently announced the release of v1.0 of its Open Source Graylog product as a "lower cost alternative" to Splunk. Expect tool and platform prices, which are already generally low, to continue to drop over time.
IBM recently announced two new all-flash enterprise storage arrays for big data. IBM says its FlashSystem technology integrates Micron's MLC flash chip technology to take advantage of the chip's density and cost benefits.
Expect to see more companies partner up and sell fused products and platforms in an effort to overcome big data stumbling blocks for customers. But also expect a wider range of convergence activity as data, mobile, the Internet of Things, and other emerging trends move from standalone entities to seamlessly connected systems.
One of the surprising benefits from using big data tools is in how it changes how business is done. Indeed, as I reported in a FBD eBrief, big data even changes how business leaders think and operate. But Arnab Gupta, Founder and Chairman of Opera Solutions, says that analytics are changing business even more this year. Here's how.
To help vendors, app developers, and other interested parties sell big data products, services, and ideas to the government, I asked a panel of federal government agency leaders to share what government agencies are interested in buying and to reveal how best to sell to them.
Howard Baldwin penned a thought-provoking post in Forbes on the lessons that can be learned from the likes of science-fiction greats George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.
The Collaborative Economy, particularly the sharing economy leg of it, is likely to generate as much or more data as the Internet of Things. And it continues to erode traditional business models.
The report finds that an alarming number of companies are unable to identify emerging risks ranging from cyberthreats to geopolitical developments, global health threats, and social media due to a shortage of skilled internal auditors.
After Patricia Arquette gave an acceptance speech at the Oscars addressing income disparity, Rhiza decided to focus its Rhiza Ratio project on income disparity between genders nationwide for those making less than $25,000 a year. Here's what their analysis revealed.
While the companies acknowledge in a press release that the Internet of Things helped spur the formation of this collaboration, it's important to note that it will also spur similar collaborations and partnerships as the industry hunkers down in preparation for the data onslaught.
Cybercriminals are targeting far more than bank card information and identity data these days. Now they're after everything from corporate secrets to stealing trading algorithms. Indeed, innovation is arguably highest in cybercrime as they search and find more ways to monetize stolen data.
The analysts made some predictions about last night's Oscar Awards. Check out how they did.