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Tech & Social Headlines: Big Data Warning to Obama

My top pick today is the MIT piece on the 5 Big Data warnings to President Obama from experts. It picks up on previous topics in my posts; technology is moving quicker than society can keep up.  The key recommendations are to improve legislation around technology and data – summed up by this quote from the full White House report ‘Big Data – Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values’ here:

‘No matter how quickly technology advances, it remains within our power to ensure that we both encourage innovation and protect our values through law, policy, and the practices we encourage in the public and private sector.’ 

Despite it’s thoroughness there is still something the report can’t cover – how society will evolve due to big data and the convergence of technology.

The risk in establishing rigid frameworks through legislation is the potential misunderstanding of the potential future benefits. Really, are those of us with 20th Century mindsets around privacy truly able to understand the benefits big data? Only time will tell whether generations in the future will look back and thank us for creating reams of legislation, or will they simply ask why we were so paranoid about this stuff?

Whatever the answer,  the big data butterfly has only just started fluttering it’s wings. I doubt anyone has yet to fully comprehend what hurricanes it will form several generations from now.

Top picks: 

MIT: Five Things Obama’s Big Data Experts Warned Him About

Best of the rest: 

CNN: Can big data transform social justice?

TNW: How to use big data to predict the success of your startup

VB: How to actually use big data to grow your business globally

ChemistryWorld: ‘Solar’ jet fuel made out of thin air

Atlantic: A Skyscraper-Sized Solar-Wind Tower Could Become North America’s Tallest Structure

VB: Hootsuite takes social media data to a visual level on desktop & mobile

Entrepreneur: The Crazy, Cool and Unsettling Ways Police Are Using Social Media

ABC: ‘Digital Shadow’ Is Stalking You and It Knows More Than You Think

HBR: How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

9to5Mac: Apple acquires low-power, micro LED display maker LuxVue Technology

Fox: Costa Rica to adopt low-carbon technology in coffee industry

ScientificAmerican: Rebooting Civilization: Survivors’ How-to Guide for Restoring Technology after the Apocalypse [Excerpt]

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