More than 40 thousand searches on google are being made every second and this is only one of the many great innovations that were caused by big data. Big data is improving our lives, but we still need be cautious while using it. For example, big data provides new innovations, big data helps make us safer but big data still poses a threat to our society.
Big data can improve our lives, but we also need to be careful while handling it. One reason is that Big data provides many new innovations. For example, according to Tim Smith in “Big Data by Ted Ed,” the internet was invented to send data. Imagine what your life would be like without the internet! Another innovation that uses big data is machine learning. Machine learning has been used for many purposes such as detecting cancer cells and even search engines and translating tools. Therefore, big data helps us in many ways. As Kenneth Cukier says in “Big Data Is Better Data by Ted,” “More data doesn’t just let us see more, more data lets us see new.” This tells that using big data can help us more than just having small pieces of data and it is the basis for many innovations.
Big data also lets us be safer. For example, according to “China: The World’s biggest Surveillance Network” by BBC, big data helps track criminals by using face recognition systems. This helps police to stop crimes faster. They state, “Our goal is to not only track criminals but also to be able to predict when crimes will happen.” “Next-Level Surveillance: China Embraces Facial Recognition” by Wall Street Journal says big data can also help track missing people. This may be used to help families that lost their child. Therefore, Big data helps our community to be a safer place.
Even though big data can help us a lot, big data can still harm us. One way is machine learning. Machine learning does jobs better than humans. For example, the start of machine learning according to Kenneth Cukier in “Big Data Is Better Data by Ted, machine learning was first started by a scientist named Arthur Samual. Arthur made an algorithm to play checker with him. After a while, he lost every time because he made the computer fight himself and improve over time. Another way is that others can use data to do bad things that you may not want them to do. For example, in “Fitness App Strava Lights Up Staff At Military Base” by BBC, says that Strava, an exercise app, can show the amount of activity in a certain area and military personal who use the app can be able to unintentionally give away secret locations. “Each piece of data is small but together they can pose a risk to security.” So, we still need to be aware of how we are using big data.
Even though it is true that companies can use your data, but those companies can use the data that you provided them with and help improve their products. For example, according to Kennith Cukier, in “Big Data Is Better Data”, many innovations require data to function. Some examples of these are Search engines, Translating tools, and more. Therefore, big data is crucial for the development of important innovations.
Big data can improve our lives, but we still need to be careful using it. This is because big data helps makes new innovations, lets us be safer but we still need to limit it. Big data is the key to the future but is also a double-edged sword if we do not think before using it. To be able to savor the benefits of big data is a wonderful addition to our daily lives.
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