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Understanding our role in the world of Big Data

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


Big Data powers the modern world. With tools like FitBit tracking our every step and supercomputers like IBM’s Watson helping Memorial Sloan Kettering treat cancer patients, we literally live it. Data is part of our everyday lives through social media profiles, browsing histories and discount programs.

Big companies are collecting and using this information, too, and it can both help and hurt. Maybe we start making better choices about the food we eat or the money we spend. Or maybe an insurance company decides to increase its rate or even terminate a policy because it projects we’ll have diabetes in 18 months.

We believe many folks want to learn more about these issues but are turned off by coverage that can be dense and jargon-laden.
So we made a comic!
What do we gain from Big Data? What do we lose? Co-produced by reporter Michael Keller and cartoonist Josh Neufeld, we hope this graphic novella will give you a good foundation to start asking your own questions.

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  • Free
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Graphic Novels
  • Published: Oct 22, 2014
  • Publisher: Al Jazeera America
  • Seller: Al Jazeera Network
  • Print Length: 44 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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