5 Ways Big Data is Changing the World
Hatmaker (2012)

  1. Data as a Deadly Weapon: leveraging mass amounts of data has become a major component for military intelligence, development, and strategy. Governments are investing in software that is better equipped to deal with the mass amounts of data being collected.
  2. Saving the Earth: massive sets of data can help us to better understand environmental shifts, and to plan for future  threats.
  3. Watching you Shop: collecting information on shoppers habits, whether it be purchases or simply how they navigate through a store, companies are better able to anticipate what we’ll buy and what we’ll want to buy tomorrow.
  4. Scientific Research in Overdrive: Modern methods of data collection are more more efficient and cost effective, paving the way for innovation and discovery.
  5. Big data, Bigger Privacy Concerns: Every time you search, every time you visit a website, this information may be recorded and solid. Collecting data on users’ online activity brings up serious privacy concerns.

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