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This is an engaging, informative & highly engaging introduction to Big Data and its myriad applications - from monitoring your partner's whereabouts to predicting crime
Harkness also provides a great history of the development of data, ranging from the rise of the census through to its abuse in the name of eugenics (and speculates on some of the contemporary risks of looking to 'the evidence' to solve all political problems
Anyone familiar with her Radio 4 programmes (Human Zoo or Futureproofing) or science stand-up will be familiar with Harkness' easy-going delivery and humorous approach to complex subjects, illuminating technical topics without dumbing down & providing plenty of philosophical and critical analysis
Highly recommended to anyone trying to grapple with one of the great buzzwords of our time or anyone familiar with topic seeking a more sceptical viewpoint
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I've often wondered about "big data". What if means, what people are doing with it, what the limitations are. If you're off the same mind then this is a fabulous introduction to a huge topic.
I love the author's internal style and it feels almost like you're just having a chat. If that was the intention then it was well placed and succeeded very well. I shall be looking into more about this exciting area. Many thanks.
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