Harvard Magazine: Why "Big Data" is a big deal

March 3, 2014
Harvard Magazine: Why "Big Data" is a big deal

Gary King, Hanspeter Pfister, and others give an overview of Data Science at Harvard  

By Jonathan Shaw

Data now stream from daily life: from phones and credit cards and televisions and computers; from the infrastructure of cities; from sensor-equipped buildings, trains, buses, planes, bridges, and factories. The data flow so fast that the total accumulation of the past two years—a zettabyte—dwarfs the prior record of human civilization. “There is a big data revolution,” says Weatherhead University Professor Gary King. But it is not the quantity of data that is revolutionary. “The big data revolution is that now we can do something with the data.”

Continue reading in the Harvard Magazine (March-April 2014)