The development of Big Data, which seems to have descended from the dark side, has impressive benefit.
Big Brother, the all-seeing invasive government of Orwell’s 1984, has a young grandson who is not nearly as sinister as Granddad. In fact, having gained a good deal of respect from his daddy, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the machine that thinks like a man, Big Data has grown up to become the delightful technology that empowers Google, Watson and the NSA, along with many other business analytical software applications.
Not everyone has forgotten the family connection, however. The lingering memories of Big Brother are still a trouble to some. But AI seems such an exciting and helpful technology, that most are willing to disregard the possibility that Robots might ever think better than humans (technological singularity). The latest serious prediction in this line is that human-level machine intelligence will come in the year 2029. Very close!
And while the AI branch of the family can easily win at Jeopardy (February 2011) and provide successful commercial medical ventures (September 2013), Big Data is growing Read more →