Big Data

  • Stephen Webb
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


In his description of a “Universal Library” Lasswitz asks us to try and make sense of an almost unimaginable amount of information. Even in our increasingly digital world we don’t have to deal with anything remotely resembling a Universal Library. Nevertheless, as citizens navigating our connected world, we are all of us creating ever-increasing amounts of digital data. Algorithms are now routinely mining big data sets and finding hitherto unknown relationships. It’s a field of immense promise, but also one of great threat.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Webb
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  1. 1.DCQE University of PortsmouthLee-on-the-SolentUK

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