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The past, present and future of a data-driven and socially networked world

A few pointers to the past, present and future of a data-driven and socially networked world…from today’s New York Times Sunday Review: The Past: Tom Standage on Social Networking in the 1600s and the lessons we can learn for current debates: “SOCIAL networks stand accused of being enemies of productivity. According to one popular (if […]

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Big Data and Academia: the launch of Rennselaer IDEA

“Big Data” is all over the news these days, and has gained both positive and negative connotations. The origins of the term “Big Data” are somewhat mysterious. In a paper examining the phenomenon, Francis Diebold, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, concludes that the term probably began to be used informally within the private […]

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