Friday, April 18, 2014

Philosophy Wire: Big data. Mistakes. Infinity.

Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-04-18]: Google may be a master at data wrangling, but one of its products has been making bogus data-driven predictions. A study of Google's much-hyped flu tracker has consistently overestimated flu cases in the US for years. It's a failure that highlights the danger of relying on big data technologies. [1] Small errors become massive through big data. Big data does not only need big computers. Big data needs big brains to analyze them too. Analyze nothing and you will see everything. Stay close to zero if you want to approach infinity.

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