The convergence of big, open data, ubicomp, and new interfaces will change the way humans work, play, learn, and love. It's a slow transformation that happens one tweet, one blog, and one game at a time -- but it's also an inexorable road towards the singularity. In this panel discussion, we'll look beyond the bytes and algorithms to think about humanity awash in a sea of information.
by Carol McCall
In 2001, the Institutes of Medicine declared that “between the care we have and the care we could have lies not just a gap, but a chasm,” yet nothing’s really changed. Healthcare remains one of the most richly endowed yet poorly equipped knowledge industries anywhere. Using real world examples, we’ll see how BIG DATA may be just what the doctor ordered, but only if we pick the right problems.
by Kevin Weil
Most analytics systems rely on large offline computations, which means results come in hours or days behind. Twitter is all about realtime, but with over 160 million users producing over 90 million tweets per day, we need realtime analytics that scaled horizontally. This talk discusses the development of that infrastructure, as well as the products we are beginning to build on top of it.
The rise of sensor network data and the expectation for low latency query responses combine to obsolete available databases and storage platforms. We have built a platform for web-scale OLAP and in this talk I will cover how we made our infrastructure capable of real-time update and query performance over hundreds of terabytes of multidimensional data.
To many people, Big Data means Open Data: social graphs, voting records, weather patterns, and more. But who owns data? Most of our laws were written for atoms, not bits; they're woefully out of date in an information age. When you share data, does it become more or less valuable? If someone adds to your data, is it still yours? This panel will tackle the gray area of data ownership.
1st–3rd February 2011