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The author does also go on about privacy and the challenges Big Data faces
on 4 October 2015
Very interesting book. It is one of the books that I would recommend to be used as reference book, as it contains lots of examples and quotations about individuals, who woke up to the reality of the Big data and how it could be utilised for the good and, perhaps, the more challenging way of profiling innocent people according to their names, culture, religion, political thoughts etc.
I would also recommend this book to the anyone interested in studying or curious about "the concept machine learning and what role the big data can play." Sometimes, you may wonder how Cortana finds out when it is the time to leave for work or home; or it predicts how the traffic would be, while you are on your way to work or home. If you do wonder about this, then you must read this book.
Author's acknowledgement of the role of "algorithmists" in Big data is also plausible. Imagine the day the nutters become part of the law society. I think this would inject honesty into the "how most lawyers handle cases that they are working on."
You can skip this paragraph: If you ever wondered how Neural Network proponents will ever succeed to teach a basic Times table to algorithm that requires two input numbers, like 8 time 7, then after reading this book, you will note Big Data will may help. Note that when we are young and attending elementary schools, most of us learn the Times table by memorising. As we grow, we simply identify a strategy where we, for example, think 7 Times table goes up by 7 and 8 Times table goes up by 8. Hence, no need to memories. In this instance, Big Data can be used to bridge the gap between the Neural Network and those, like me, who very much believe that we should focusing on mimicking how our neocortext works and complement it with Algorithms that make our machines perform better than our neocortext. In this paradigm, the Big Data will be used for playing the role of the memory and experience, while still we will be able to create strategies that can be serialised into and de-serialised from the Big Data repository.
The author does also go on about privacy and the challenges Big Data faces. I think the question to ask is: if we accepted to use the cloud, have we not sleepwalked into sharing our data with those, who are there to analyse data? Is it the machine that should only have an access to our private data; or also those, who own this smart machines? Would the combination of Big Data and Intelligent machines bring about the creation of all-knowing being that cannot only know our past, but can also predict our future activities. And imagine what impact this would have on currency/stock traders? Do not even think politics here, as this will get more scarier.
If you have ever watched the Movie "Her" and reasoned with the poor man, who fallen for OS that knows him very well, then think about the consequence of intelligent machines, powered by Big Data! And this is another reason to read this book.
However, we should never fear exploring what we are capable of doing for the good of this world and its inhabitants; but should also be prepare to ensure that the all-knowing thing, which we are in the process of creating, is not one dictator, but one that lives and functions within democratic system.