Thoughts on the data ecosystem

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Recently, we've been seeing a lot of news about the promise of emerging applications for machine vision. Much of it's at the trial stage at this point, particularly with Google Glass and related projects.  For instance, the police in Dubai are testing facial recognition on the streets, ER doctors are exploring uses for quick access to critical medical records and Walgreens is experimenting with augmented reality in stores. Even...

There's a burst of really interesting things happening in data science these days.  One of the more exciting ones is the growing movement to utilize open data to make government more responsive, accountable and effective. The floodgates of civic data are wide open, and a wide range of significant data sets are already available directly to the public.  Open your web browser and you can find civic data...

It seems that implementing stronger security standards is not without risk.  As the New York Times recently noted, Apple’s move to add full disk encryption to iOS 8 and remove any built-in backdoors has not won kudos from the N.S.A. and F.B.I.: The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation...

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity….” – Dickens It’s an exciting time to be a part of the data ecosystem.  Mix together a surge of new data sources along with cheap storage and the ability crunch...