Analytics, Big Data And A Shocking Waste Problem

It’s a shocking fact that in the 21st century more than three quarters of a billion people do not have access to enough food to keep themselves healthy, while 30% of the food produced around the world goes to waste. It’s partly a problem of logistics – it’s expensive to keep food fresh and get it to the people who need it most. This of course means its ripe for tackling with technology and Big Data. Recently I had the chance to speak to one of the founders of Food Cloud – a social enterprise... Read more →

Your Bra, Phone Or Computer Can Now Read Your Emotions – What Does That Mean?

How would your computer respond if you looked frustrated or upset?  Could your phone comfort you if you were sad after getting a call?  Could your smart home adjust the music, lighting, or other aspects of the environment around you after you’ve had a bad day at work — without being asked? It may seem far-fetched, but computers that can read your emotions and have some level of “emotional intelligence” are not far off.  The field is called affective computing, and it’s being developed... Read more →

What Is Data Minimization? And Why It Matters In The Age Of Big Data

Bigger is always better, right? Well, not necessarily. Even in the realm of big data, companies and governments are beginning to see the value in a “less is more” approach.  This is actually in stark contrast with things data-driven CEOs like Jeff Bezos at Amazon believed when he said “We never throw away data”. In fact, the European Union has recently included this in new laws of the Data Protection Act that will come into effect soon.  The act says, “Personal data shall be adequate,... Read more →
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