The Future Of Big Data Is Bigger Than You Can Possibly Imagine

from co.Exist

Imagine a world without government, schools, a legal system, law enforcement, or companies. It’s a world unlike the one we currently live in—but based on the evolution of technology and how we use it—representative of what the world may become.

Imagine a computer infrastructure that could—with global knowledge and the ability to enact precise tweaks to the social and economic structure—drive the evolution of society. This is the idea behind the Universal Graph.

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  1. Nowadays, every single one of us is constantly generating, producing, and releasing data. This data is produced in many ways and by all kinds of things such as social media, gps, surfing on the net, all the devices that we use, and even just by moving around passively. Big Data is the term that describes the large volumes of data both structured and unstructured that inundates people, businesses, and governments on a daily basis. However, it is not the amount of peta, exa, zetta or yotta bytes that is important. What actually matters is what people, businesses, organizations, and governments do with this abundance of data.
    People work with the big data that is stored in the cloud, an endless network of normal servers, and powerful algorithms. This way they can analyze over a million pieces of data in minutes. One can take data from any source and analyze it to find answers that enable cost reductions, time reductions, new product development and optimized offerings, and smart decision making. When big data is combined with high-powered analytics, one can accomplish business-related tasks such as determining root causes of failures, issues and defects in near-real time, generating coupons at the point of sale based on the customer’s buying habits, recalculating entire risk portfolios in minutes, detecting fraudulent behavior before it affects your organization.
    What we have accomplished so far with the big data already seems inane to me. This article’s idea of the future is even crazier. This article really made me realize that the future of big data is indeed much bigger than I can possibly imagine. It describes the concept of the Universal Graph, “a computer infrastructure that could – with global knowledge and the ability to enact precise tweaks to the social and economic structure – drive the evolution of society”. By gathering all the data together, the data could help every person whenever they have to make a decision, it could help them understand themselves, and guide them towards a successful life.
    I believe that it will take some time, but that eventually, this Universal Graph will become reality. The big companies such as Google, Apple, Netflix, and others already have a huge amount of data on all of us. If one day they decide to all share the data, they own a Universal Graph could be created. However, these companies are all competing against each other so I would be really surprised if they would share their data. Nowadays, those companies are already taking over jobs of other companies and, thus, increasing the amount of data they are collecting. Amazon, for instance, is including food shopping as a new service. As you can see, these big companies grow at an unimaginable rate and soon will take over everything we do. The question is, who will win the fight? Which company will become the one to own all the data and build a Universal Graph.
    The Universal Graph does not scare me. However, I don’t think I would like to have a life without difficulties or obstacles. I believe that failures and obstacles are part of life and even though a computer can a good decision for you I wouldn’t want them to decide on everything I do. The article explains that the Universal Graph could help us decide which career we should follow. I don’t always want to do what I am the best at, I also want to do what I like to do. And this part scares me, what if because of the Universal Graph we cannot make our own decisions anymore, but have to stick with what the Universal Graph decided for us? As you can see, the future will bring a lot of ethical issues with it. It is good that we are already addressing these possibilities so that people can start thinking about what they want, and lead the future towards the direction they want.

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