Big Data

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier

Overview: In this book, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier argue that the emergent ability to process ever-increasing amounts of data allows us to shift from causation to correlation standards for understanding the world around us. The authors work hard to convince us that the “what” of correlation now trumps the “why” of causation. They argue that future operators will be part of a “big data value chain” that will place a premium on the labor of data collectors and interpreters as “the” value added workers of the future. In addition, they alter our questions of privacy protection and make the user responsible and accountable for the protection of “big data.”