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Reality Mining of Mobile Communications: Toward A New Deal On Data

  • Alex Pentl
Conference paper

Humanity has the beginnings of a new nervous system — a digital one derived from mobile telephone networks and already nearly four billion people strong. Computational models based on these digital “people data,” using a process called reality mining, allow us to create a startlingly comprehensive picture of our lives, predicting human social behavior with a power that was barely conceivable just a few years ago. This new “god’s eye” view of humanity will present unprecedented opportunities for profitable commerce and effective government … and it will endanger our personal freedom [1]. To harness the good and avoid the evil, we need to forge a ‘New Deal’ about how personal data can be gathered and used [2].

Keywords

Sense Network Computational Model Mobile Communication Personal Data Behavioral Modeling 
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References

  1. 1.
    Pentland, A., (2008). Honest Signals: how they shape our world, MIT Press, Cambridge MAGoogle Scholar
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag US 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MIT Media Laboratory

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