Myths of big data

Posted to Statistics  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

Microsoft researcher Kate Crawford describes several myths of big data. Myth #4: It makes cities smarter.

"It's only as good as the people using it," Ms. Crawford said. Many of the sensors that track people as they manage their urban lives come from high-end smartphones, or cars with the latest GPS systems. "Devices are becoming the proxies for public needs," she said, "but there won't be a moment where everyone has access to the same technology." In addition, moving cities toward digital initiatives like predictive policing, or creating systems where people are seen, whether they like it or not, can promote lots of tension between individuals and their governments.

Yep. I hear those people things can introduce a lot of challenges.

2 Comments

Favorites

Most popular porn searches, by state

We’ve seen that we can learn from what people search for, through the eyes of Google suggestions: state stereotypes, national …

Where People Run in Major Cities

There are many exercise apps that allow you to keep track of your running, riding, and other activities. Record speed, …

The Most Unisex Names in US History

Moving on from the most trendy names in US history, let’s look at the most unisex ones. Some names have …

How We Spend Our Money, a Breakdown

We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.