Predicting The Future With 'Big Data'

Predicting The Future With 'Big Data'

"Big data" promises to tap into the vast amount of digital information humans now generate to do more than ever before, including predicting who might commit a crime to when a heart attack might occur. Our guests explore the possibilities and dangers of a future in which everything we do is quantified.

Science fiction fans have long pondered technologies to predict crimes and random events. But some say creative uses of "big data," the vast amount of digital information we create in our everyday lives, may make such a predictive tool a reality. The potential of the approach, however, is raising sensitive legal and ethical questions. Our guests explore the possibilities -- and dangers -- of a future in which everything we do is quantified.

Guests

Kenneth Cukier

Data Editor, The Economist; co-author "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford University; co-author "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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