Myths of big data

Jun 4, 2013

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.

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