Founder and data scientist Carlos Guestrin started the GraphLab open source project five years ago. He said recently that data has the ability to make our lives better--whether applied to public health, economics or by suggesting the perfect song. Graphs, he said, help people think in a new way and see things differently.
But we do have data, lots and lots of data. And campaigns have money, lots and lots of money. The two are joining forces and will be a focal point for the next presidential campaign, which is already underway.
It is arguable how successful dating services have been or ever will be considering the difficulty humans have in cultivating and maintaining relationships, especially romantic relationships. But one million dollars is saying a company called Everwise might have better luck using big data to help build mentoring relationships.
Much has been written about how the sports world is being transformed by big data. Ever since the movie "Moneyball" highlighted what data can do for a low-budget major league baseball team, it's been all about new ways to look at the numbers.
KPMG LLP says that in the era of big data, e-discovery has become costly and challenging.
Enigma's platform will break down the barriers that exist between various local, state, federal and institutional search portals.
Those who understand big data and what it can do know that it is only a tool. It won't revolutionize anything that doesn't want to be revolutionized.
This week, GE said it will install the first three "brilliant turbines" at a Texas wind farm and show what a lot of data can do for wind energy efficiency.
Other industries should keep a close eye on this experiment. It appears to be a non-intrusive and basically invisible way to target an audience.
By integrating three large sets of genomic data from The Cancer Genome Atlas and applying big data techniques for their analysis, researchers have identified 37 RNA molecules that might predict survival in patients with the most common form of breast cancer.