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The number of bits to which we have access has grown dramatically. Computers can now store and process enormous amounts of information extremely rapidly. In our time a revolution has begun. A revolution perhaps as significant as the evolution of DNA and nervous systems and the invention of writing. Carl Sagan, Cosmos: The Persistence of Memory, PBS 1980
No observational problem will not be solved by more data. Vera Rubin
The Data Protection Act 1998 is supposed to safeguard our personal information. Dispatches: Watching the Detectives, Channel 4 2012
We put in a Freedom of Information request to the Department for Work and Pensions asking how many times their staff had been disciplined for data offences over the past year. Their response: 992 in just ten months. ibid.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
‘Data! Data! Data!’ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay!’ Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure in the Copper Beaches
Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom. Clifford Stoll
The investigation revealed the truth: the investigation established that Schon had behaved recklessly and that he had deliberately fabricated some data. Horizon: The Dark Secret of Hendrik Schon, BBC 2004
Many of his greatest triumphs had been based on fabricated data. It was a shocking revelation. ibid.
What unites these different worlds is an explosion in data. Horizon – The Age of Big Data, BBC 2013
Jeff [Brantingham] believed he could find repeating patterns of criminal behaviour in the LAPD’s vast data set. ibid.
He [Brantingham] wanted to tease out patterns in the apparent chaos of human behaviour, to uncover them in the LAPD’s vast data set of 13,000,000 past crimes. ibid.
What’s around you ... the distribution of trees in a forest. ibid. Professor George Mohler, Santa Clara University
The overall rate of crime which we call Lamda models the rate of events in space and time. ibid. Mohler
Lamda equals Mu plus G positioned at all the past events in your dataset. ibid. Mohler
Today Professor Phil Beales is mining a new human data set: the three billion bits of genetic information that make up the human genome. ibid.
Data is becoming a powerful commodity. It is leading to scientific insights and new ways of understanding human behaviour. And data can also make you rich. Very rich. ibid.
Graunt was the founding father of statistics and epidemiology. The study of patterns, causes and effects of disease. And it’s the same power of data has become fantastically valuable. ibid.
The data revolution is set to become even more personal. ibid.
Data hunting ... They will discover the greatest secrets of the universe. ibid.
To understand fully our universe: where it came from and where it's going. ibid.
The data revolution is transforming our world. ibid.
The most valuable commodity of the twenty-first century. ibid.
MP3 provided a way of compressing the data to a much smaller digital package. Download: The True Story of the Internet, Science 2008
Let’s see all the data. Nick Pope
Lesson #6: Get the data. Robert S McNamara, The Fog of War, 2003
Any time scientists disagree, it’s because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem. Either I’m right, or you’re right, or we’re both wrong. And we move on. That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all. Charles Babbage
We’re entering a new world in which data may be more important than software. Tim O’Reilly
It’s difficult to imagine the power that you’re going to have when so many different sorts of data are available. Tim Berners-Lee
Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves. Tim Berners-Lee
Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out on to the web like deer on a freeway. Geoffrey Moore
You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment. Alvin Toffler
The world is one big data problem. Andrew McAfee
Big data is at the foundation of all of the mega-trends that are happening today, from social to mobile to the cloud to gaming. Chris Lynch, ex-Vertica CEO
The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight. Carly Fiorina, ex Hewlett-Packard
Viacom will hand all our personal data over to FEMA and their satanic New World Order friends to complete their blue red and yellow list ... Red List: These people are the enemies of the New World Order. They are the leaders of patriot groups, outspoken ministries ... These people will be dragged out of their homes and will be taken to FEMA Detention Centres and Killed ... Blue List: These are also enemies of the New World Order but are followers of the Red List folks ... Yellow List: These are citizens who know nothing about the New World Order and don’t want to know. They are considered to be no threat at all and will be instructed as to how to behave and will most likely do whatever they are told. New World Order Plans to Kill 90% of World’s Population, kalamata777
Many of us are concerned about who has access to all this personal information. And how corporations and governments might use and abuse it. Brave New World with Stephen Hawking II: Technology, Kathy Sykes, Channel 4 2011
By collecting and analysing data from mobile phone users Sandy and his team are about to predict certain elements of an individual’s behaviour with up to 95% accuracy. ibid.
Reality mining is technology getting personal. ibid.
Acxiom is well aware of the thorny private issues involved with a company that deals with personal information ... In 2003 some of that data was hacked from one of Acxiom’s servers. Big Brother, Big Business, CNBC 2006
In August 2005 the Department of Justice subpoenaed AOL, Yahoo, MNS and Google seeking records of what people search for on the internet. ibid.
At the National Security Agency they called it the Program. Created after 9/11, collecting data on American citizens, secrets at the highest levels of government. Through two presidencies. Frontline: United States of Secrets I, PBS 2014
It was against the law to turn the NSA on Americans. ibid.
Thinthread – a program that could capture and sort massive amounts of phone and email. ibid.
Social engineering (the analysis and automation of a society) requires the correlation of great amounts of constantly changing economic information (data), so a high-speed computerized data-processing system was necessary which could race ahead of the society and predict when society would arrive for capitulation.
Relay computers were too slow, but the electronic computer, invented in 1946 by J Presper Eckert and John W Mauchly, filled the bill.
The next breakthrough was the development of the simplex method of linear programming in 1947 by the mathematician George B Dantzig.
Then in 1948, the transistor, invented by J Bardeen, W H Brattain, and W Shockley, promised great expansion of the computer field by reducing space and power requirements.