Data-ism

Data-ism

The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else

Book - 2015
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Steve Lohr, a technology reporter for the New York Times, chronicles the rise of Big Data, addressing cutting-edge business strategies and examining the dark side of a data-driven world.

Coal, iron ore, and oil were the key productive assets that fueled the Industrial Revolution. Today, Data is the vital raw material of the information economy. The explosive abundance of this digital asset, more than doubling every two years, is creating a new world of opportunity and challenge.

Data-ism is about this next phase, in which vast, Internet-scale data sets are used for discovery and prediction in virtually every field. It is a journey across this emerging world with people, illuminating narrative examples, and insights. It shows that, if exploited, this new revolution will change the way decisions are made--relying more on data and analysis, and less on intuition and experience--and transform the nature of leadership and management.

Lohr explains how individuals and institutions will need to exploit, protect, and manage their data to stay competitive in the coming years. Filled with rich examples and anecdotes of the various ways in which the rise of Big Data is affecting everyday life it raises provocative questions about policy and practice that have wide implications for all of our lives.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062226815
0062226819
Branch Call Number: 658.4038 Lohr 03/2015
Characteristics: xi, 239 pages ;,24 cm

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StarGladiator
Feb 02, 2018

This is an excellent book!
Of course, Big Data [meaning Big Data Mining] can work both against us and - - occasionally, for us.
For instance, much disinformation has been purposely spewed forth about the JFK assassination, yet using Big Data Mining techniques and processes we were able to cast off much of the unverifiable stuff and focus on important linkage analysis, which yielded:
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The following people belonged to the same FBI/SIS [Special Intelligence Service] unit operating in Central and South America during World War II:
Cartha DeLoach [on 11/22/63, senior FBI agent, soon to be assistant director who had a cousin who was a doctor at Parkland Hospital in Dallas;
William Harvey [on 11/22/63, chief of CIA station in Italy and creator of the CIA's assassination bureau. Cables indicating the approximate date and location of the planned assassination of President Kennedy were intercepted by Pfc. Eugene B. Dinkin - - sent from CIA Station/Italy to an OAS site - - OAS having been an fascist, rightwing paramilitary French gang who were anti-Kennedy.];
J. Gordon Shanklin [on 11/22/63, FBI/SAC in Dallas];
J. Walton Moore [on 11/22/63, CIA's man stationed in Dallas];
Guy Banister [on 11/22/63, CIA paymaster in New Orleans].
Their SIS headquarters was at the Rockefeller Center building in New York City, where they reported to the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, Nelson Rockefeller.
Rockefeller's administrator was George de Mohrenschildt.
[Now isn't that special . . . .]

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rjamesevans
Feb 01, 2018

An extremely interesting read.

I suspect it would be extremely difficult to give a lay explanation of AI, machine learning and “Data Science”. Steve Lohr doesn’t even try but tells the story of Big Data by talking about significant people who hav been instrumental in it’s rapid development and describing how it has led to the revolution under way.

Not only did I learn a lot. I thouroughly enjoyed the read.

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