Glimmers of Big Data and Data Scientists

“The value of information about information can be greater than the value of the information itself. From that and other similar observations, I am willing to project an enormous new industry based on a service that helps navigate through massive amounts of data” – Nicholas Negroponte, Wired, June 1994. 

“The most valuable commodity I know of is information. Wouldn’t you agree?” – Gordon Gekko (character played by Michael Douglas in the film Wall Street, released 1987).

“Too many information handlers seem to measure a man by the number of bits of storage capacity his dossier will occupy” – Arthur Miller, The Assault on Privacy, 1971.

“The information of mathematics is very considerable, and even in a way inexhaustible” – Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Preliminary Discourse, 1751.

“I have seen the future, and it is run by nerds .… I saw myself become human 2.0, a new creature with a common brain .… This will be possible because every transaction we accomplish, every preference we articulate, will be captured, logged, and fed back into the system to make it more responsive to our needs going forward. And we will be together in this future … unless, you know, we’d rather not.” –Stanley Bing, “When Nerds Collide,” Fortune, October 30, 2006, p. 228.

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