Spotlight: One sailor's mixed feelings about big data

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In his blog "Big Data: Automation At Sea," Peter Knight talks about the awesome power of big ships and big data, and how the two came together aboard his Fast Combat Support Ship out at sea. The dilemma? "Anywhere an electronic signal or impulse is recorded, there is a potential data point. In isolation, these data points can be used to increase process efficiency. Collectively, they are making cultural and societal changes, increasing efficiency but eliminating jobs," he said. He added that the only way to keep all the equipment pieces running at peak efficiency is to constantly monitor every  piece of machinery, which also keeps things running smoothly and prevents disasters. That was his job. Then came automation and big data, and big change. Read more