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Category: big data

  • Orwellian?

    The US PCAST report puts forward the following scenario to illustrate how privacy mores change over time, and what the future could be like if digital natives fully trust in the cloud. They admit that “Taylor’s world seems creepy to us”, but they want to demonstrate that “In such a world, major improvements in the…

  • Turning humans into robots

    John Foreman, himself a data-scientist, writes a (somewhat rambling but) funny and self-aware essay on machine learning: Data Privacy, Machine Learning, and the Destruction of Mysterious Humanity I highly recommend you read it. Keep an eye for two coinages: “data-driven probabilistic determinism” and “data-laundered discrimination”. Machine learning is one side of the argument here. For…