The Human Face of Big Data
"The Human Face of Big Data" is a book that aims to give readers, through photography and short articles, a glimpse of how powerful new data processing capabilities are changing people's lives.
Intro Author Rick Smolan is hoping to start a "global conversation about the tools and technologies" that he and others think will have an even greater impact than the Internet.
Synthetic Genomics J. Craig Venter gained fame for sequencing the human genome, but he is now using big data tools to create organisms through gene manipulation. His team at Synthetic Genomics has synthesized an entire bacterial genome and introduced it into a cell.
Hospitals Monitored Dr. Jeffrey Brenner used data analysis and found that just 1 percent of patients were responsible for 30 percent of hospital bills. He founded an organization that dispatches caseworkers to make home visits to the patients with the most problems. The aim is to help patients stay on their medications and out of the emergency room.
Gordon Bell DEC VAX’s architect Gordon Bell is logging virtually every aspect of his life as a piece of data in his project called MyLifeBits. He believes that “collecting and analyzing these patterns and behaviors over the course of a lifetime will lead to a greater understanding of what harms or enhances our lives.”
Real Time Crime Center The New York City Police Department’s Domain Awareness System (DAS) allows officers to access and aggregate data from a very broad range of sources. NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has called DAS “one-stop shopping” for investigators.
Shotspotter Another case of big data being used by law enforcement is ShotSpotter, which makes use of data gathered by acoustic sensors placed in neighborhoods with the aim of picking up, and locating, gunfire. More than 70 U.S. cities use the tool.
Storm Chasers 2 Weather scientists have started going mobile these days. Storm chasers arrive on the scene of a dangerous storm in a heavily armored 13-ton, million-dollar Doppler-on-Wheels truck, full of data-gathering equipment, tools for monitoring data in real-time, and radar systems that create three-dimensional models of the storm being monitored.
Seal Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) collects and shares among scientists terabytes of data that are gathered by sensor floats, underwater autonomous vehicles, scientific monitoring stations, remote satellite sensing, and animal tags. IMOS was started in 2007, and has resulted in about 1,000 studies published annually.