"Price of 1Gb of storage:
- (via @grahamfarmelo @scienceporn)
"Everyone is grabbing as much data as possible with very little attention on what is actually necessary for the services being provided. Most companies shouldn’t by design be collecting data unless it’s necessary for their service. Also, no one is auditing the data, and a lot of if is crap. Only a few companies have the really good big data."
- The Advertising Industry Has a Big Crush on Big Data | Digiday
Weather Channel Now Also Forecasts What You’ll Buy - WSJ
Last fall the Weather Channel Cos. renamed itself the Weather Co. to reflect the growth of its digital-data business. The Atlanta-based company has amassed more than 75 years’ worth of information.
"People generally check the weather because they’re planning to do something. We are getting better at knowing the kind of things people will be planning based on where and when they are checking the weather and what the weather is."
"If the last century was marked by the ability to observe the interactions of physical matter—think of technologies like x-ray and radar—this century, he says, is going to be defined by the ability to observe people through the data they share."
- The Data Made Me Do It - MIT Technology Review (via futuristgerd)
"What will it take to build emotive-and-empathic data experiences? Less data science and more data art — which, in other words, means that data wranglers have to develop correlations between data much like the human brain finds context. It is actually not about building the fanciest machine, but instead about the ability to ask the human questions. It is not about just being data informed, but being data aware and data intelligent."
- Om Malik | Coffee & Empathy: Why data without a soul is meaningless
"'Mobile search is just broken. Everyone in this goes to Yelp and searches and each of us get the same result. That’s clearly a broken model because every one of us is going to do different things or have different favorites' [Dennis Crowley] said, highlighting that Foursquare’s focus is on personalized search, with result tailored to the user based on their previous information."
- Foursquare Shifts To Search - Forbes
"The disorientation everyone blames on “information overload” may in fact have less to do with the amount of data we are being asked to process than the number of simultaneous people we are being asked to be."
- (thenewinquiry via nathanjurgenson)
"Data inherently has all of the foibles of being human. Data is not a magic force in society; it’s an extension of us."
- Mark Hansen (via stoweboyd)