Big Data is here, and it changes everything. From startups to the Fortune 500, smart companies are betting on data-driven insight.
It’s not just about faster and cheaper. Data is changing the definition of computing, infusing new layers of experience and understanding into our lives. Data presents fresh opportunities, and the challenge of new technologies and skills.
Next Wednesday, Feb 3rd, I’ll be speaking on a keynote panel at O’Reilly’s Strata conference. I’m looking forward to meeting and hearing from some of the most talented people in data. It’s going to be a blast, and I’m honored to be able to attend.
From mobile to cloud and beyond, powerful and readily available computing resources are fueling an explosion in our ability to create, consume, process, and package information. New techniques in data processing enable us to transform and analyze at scale, and with unprecedented agility. The intersection of technology, math, and entertainment gives us new ways to visualize, experience, and interact with a world of information.
From big data to augmented reality and beyond, Strata will be at the center of the way computing is changing for practitioners, enterprises, and the individual.
More on the conference.
Alistair Croll (Bitcurrent), Toby Segaran (Google), Amber Case (Geoloqi), Bradford Cross (Flightcaster) Moderated by: Alistair Croll
Time: 9:00am Thursday, 02/03/2011
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Tags: posthuman, interfaces, big, new, data, ubicomp, singularity
Strata looks at three things: Big, open data; ubiquitous computing and the democratization of IT; and new interfaces that make complex, multidimensional data accessible and usable.
Put those three things together, and you’ve created an entirely new way of thinking. No longer do we learn by rote; we phone a friend. Compelling infographics have taken the place of political discourse. And any device that can send an SMS is tied to the most powerful computers in the world.
How will this change us? Will it make us shallow and distracted, as Nicholas Carr suggests? Will it prepare us for a truly connected society, where antiquated ideas like broadcast marketing and representative democracies give way to one-to-one buying and direct voting?
The change is slow, but inexorable. A few short years ago, we were warned not to put our real names on the Web. Today, every site has a share button, and we freely track our own activities for all to see. Each of those acts leaves a crumb of data; take away our smartphones, and we feel like we’ve had a digital stroke, leaving us without faculties we otherwise take for granted.
It’s maybe an understatement to say that connected access to the sum of all knowledge changes us. It’ll shape how we work and play. It’ll change how we learn. It may even alter who—and what—we love.
In this panel discussion, we’ll look beyond the bytes and algorithms to think about humanity awash in a sea of information.
See more session details here: http://strataconf.com/strata2011/public/schedule/detail/17748
Strata has sold out, but there are two ways you can still get online access to the post-conference video archive of all three days, advance registration to three online conferences in 2011, O’Reilly Strata bookshelf of six essential data books.