My top picks have a similar theme – what could, or should, the future look like? The Guardian provides a series of interesting quotes on how and why big data could shape public services. The opportunity is best summarised by Tom Heath, head of research at the Open Data Institute “Data can enable government to do existing things more cheaply, do existing things better and do new things we don’t currently do.”. Who can argue with that.
Meanwhile in the US, the Pew Institute wanted to know what Americans think the future will look like. Seems they are expecting lab-grown organs, robot carers and teleportation in the coming decades. The biggest surprise? Just 9% said the futuristic invention they would most like to have is a time machine. I can’t begin to imagine what the other 91% thought could top that!
Thinking even further into the future – Time magazine has published an in-depth article about a new religion with a twist. It sets out to store memories for centuries in the belief it will deliver believers into a world where our souls can outlive our bodies.
Time: The Rapture of the Nerds
The best of the rest:
ZDNet: Big Data: In conclusion
SiliconAngle: Diving into Big Data : Data lakes vs. data streams
Header image originally from http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2014/apr/17/big-data-government-public-services-expert-views