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Recent Examples of big data from the Web
These pre-emptive actions put Israel at the forefront of an increasingly popular — and controversial — trend used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world that use big data technology to track would-be criminals.
Addressing 83 young women graduating from a prestigious Catholic school in the Washington suburbs — including his daughter, Josephine — Roberts warned that artificial intelligence and big data can alter the way people perceive the world.
Now the country wants to lead the world in big data, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge pursuits.
The rise of ubiquitous sensors, big data and machine learning provide an opportunity to revolutionize that business.
Machine learning has taken off thanks to powerful computers, big data, and advances in algorithms called neural networks.
The rise of big data and technology platforms has already changed the way people list and market their homes, with companies such as Redfin, Zillow, and Trulia leading the way.
That book is about a big data company that is out of control.
There was still one of the biggest data breaches in recent memory, compliments of UnderArmour.
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Did You Know?
Big data is a new addition to our language, but exactly how new is not an easy matter to determine. A 1980 paper by Charles Tilly provides an early documented use of big data, but Tilly wasn't using the word in the exact same way we use it today; rather, he used the phrase "big-data people" to refer to historians engaged in data-rich fields such as cliometrics. Today, big data can refer to large data sets or to systems and solutions developed to manage such large accumulations of data, as well as for the branch of computing devoted to this development. Francis X. Diebold, a University of Pennsylvania economist, who has written a paper exploring the origin of big data as a term, a phenomenon, and a field of study, believes the term "probably originated in lunch-table conversations at Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) in the mid 1990s…."
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