More often than not, I find myself completely blown away by the scope of influence innovative technologies have on pretty much every aspect of modern life. Big Data and its ever-reaching possibilities can, at times, feel both awe-inspiring and terrifying, and I’ve spent the weekend browsing and collecting the most interesting articles related to the influence of data analytics published recently. Some are creepy, some are fun, and all of them are worth a read:
Take-Away: Our Next Great American Road Trip (brought to you by RateBeer.com, Genetic Algorithms, Google Maps API, and one Brilliant Beer Aficionado)
Publication: Fast Company Magazine Online
Take-Away: Data Science Can Increase Government Transparency by Tracking and Analyzing Legislation (Sounds Like a Great Idea To Me!)
Take-Away: Somewhat Politically Motivated But Nonetheless Disturbing Suggestion That The US Department of Education Has System In Place to Track Individual Student Ability and Progress
Take-Away: Not Quite As Alarming As The Last, But Still Creepy Explanation of Why and How Colleges Competing With One Another Stalk Prospective Students
Take-Away: Welcome To The Future of Professional Sports: Season Predictions Based On A Mathematical, Sophisticated Projection System
Take-Away: A Super Cool Explanation of How The Future of Urban Planning Lies In Using Modeling That Utilizes Big Data and Looks A Lot Like SimCity
Publication: Forbes Magazine Online
Take-Away: Technically Not A Big Data Use-Case, but Some Fascinating and Mind-Blowing Facts Nonetheless!
For more on the influence of Big Data on modern life, check out the following posts:
Why Retailers Are Spending Their Money On Big Data Analytics
How DraftKings Has Changed Fantasy Sports (And My Daily Downtime)
Can Mountains of Data Transform Baseball The Way Statcast Hopes?
How Two National Brands Used Data Integration To Supercharge Customer Satisfaction