New Stuff Tuesday – October 7, 2014


Big Data:
a Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier

New Arrivals, 2nd floor

This is the most interesting book written in recent times illustrating how big data is transforming our daily lives.  Computing power has increased so rapidly in the past decade that the capacity to process and analyze data has grown exponentially. The examples outlined in this book are thought provoking. Examples such as the predicting flu outbreaks based on analyzing Google search results and predicting water main breaks. This book illustrates how powerful computers have become in recent years by drawing on examples of its usage in all facets of the world. Beyond where we have come from, the book also does a great job of looking forward to where big data is heading and provides warning on how to use data ethically and effectively. For anyone interested in where the future of computing is heading, this is the book for you.



About James Castrillo

Reference and Instruction Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Andersen Library. Liaison to History, Women's/Gender Studies, Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, Theatre and Dance, Philosophy and Religious Studies departments.
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