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Can Big Data Make Our Bridges Safer?

Can Big Data Make Our Bridges Safer?

South Padres Island, TX, 2001. Minneapolis, MN, 2007. Seattle, WA, 2013. Three towns in three different parts of the country, yet inextricably linked by a common type of disaster – a bridge collapse. In the Minneapolis event, 13 people...
Privacy And Big Data: Is ‘Minority Report’ Science Fiction?

Privacy And Big Data: Is ‘Minority Report’ Science Fiction?

Privacy and Big Data. A few days ago I happened to be watching a re-run of Minority Report, the 2002 neo-noir science fiction starring Tom cruise as “Precrime” Captain John Anderton. As many of you might remember, the movie...
Students Use Big Data To Analyze Crime In San Francisco

Students Use Big Data To Analyze Crime In San Francisco

Students analyzed around 1.5 million crime records from 2003-2012 that the City of San Francisco has made publicly available and overlaid additional data sets (location of liquor stores, presence of graffiti, presence of a police precinct in the neighborhood)...
India: Where Tradition Meets Technolgy

India: Where Tradition Meets GPS-Enabled Rickshaws And Biometric Scans

As countries experience rapid growth, it is not unusual to see fault lines develop where the old edges up against the new. It is no different in , although with a billion plus residents and burdensome poverty, the scale...
India Opens Its Retail Sector, Why The IT Guys Should Rejoice

India Opens Its Retail Sector, Why The IT Guys Should Rejoice

A few days ago, New Delhi announced a policy opening India’s notoriously fragmented and inefficient retail sector for a 51% foreign ownership in multi-brand retail (think Wal-Mart) and 100% ownership in single-brand retail (think Niketown). This was political football...