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Recommended reading: internet and our obsession with data

BBVA Innovation Center

05/23/2013 09:59

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Big data and the so-called "internet of things" are two of the trends that are gradually becoming part of our daily lives. But how do they affect us directly? Here we present three interesting articles which analyze some of the latest debates on these trends.

An article in the MIT Technology Review entitled "The problem with our data obsession" raises the issue of the publication of information to increase transparency, something which is now possible as these data become ever more accessible. This is the fear of excess transparency.

Should we resist these advances? With arguments for and against, this article looks at the Eightmaps project, which revealed personal information on the defenders of a legal proposition in the State of California. These details were placed on a Google map, with the location of these people.

Another debate on information can be found in the Gigaom article entitled We need a data democracy, not a benevolent data dictatorship, which analyzes the "rise" to power of the so-called data scientists.

These professionals are necessary to improve the reading of big data, but they lead us to ask ourselves whether we live in a data democracy or in a dictatorship run by these analysts and by big data applications.

And from the world of data we make the leap to the internet of things, with an article in the MIT Technology Review. How many devices do you have connected? Are they all connected at the same time? The perennial question is whether the internet is prepared to function efficiently with a growing number of devices.

"No one expects the internet to break down when you add just one more device;s". But what if does? In recent years, solutions are being developed to avoid this scenario from coming true, and these new developments are the protagonists of this article that takes a look at the coming revolution in internet architecture.