An algorithm can better predict your future movements by getting a little help from your friends.
S01E04 : The spy in my pocket
Who you are, where you go, what you do. Your phone is spying on you. Who is it telling?
It was only a matter of time before drones started monitoring signals from mobile devices.
Since early February, several small drones flying around the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles have been determining mobile devices’ locations from Wi-Fi and cellular transmission signals.
Personal injury cases are prime targets for manipulation and conjecture. How do you show that someone who’s been in a car accident can’t do their job properly, and deserves thousands of dollars in compensation? Till now lawyers have relied on doctors to observe someone for half an hour or so and give their, sometimes-biased opinion. Soon, they might also tap the wealth of quantifiable data provided by fitness trackers. A law firm in Calgary is working on the first known personal injury case that will use activity data from a Fitbit to help show the effects of an accident on their client.
Big Data powers the modern world. With tools like FitBit tracking our every step and supercomputers like IBM’s Watson helping Memorial Sloan Kettering treat cancer patients, we literally live it. Between our social media profiles, browsing histories, discount programs, and new tools like Nest controlling our energy use, there’s no escape.
Understanding Our Role in the World of Big Data, a free graphic novel by Michael Keller & Josh Neufeld.