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“There are a lot of examples of big data and analytics that were previously unmanageable that are now becoming reasonable targets, most of which could be considered event-based: device instrumentation, weather data, social media, credit card transactions, crime statistics, traffic data and more. There are also some interesting problems in determining identity and relationships: figuring out who people really are even when they use different versions of their name, and who they are connected to in a variety of different ways that might indicate potential for fraud or other misrepresentation. Scary and big-brotherish to some, but undeniably providing organizations (including governments) with deeper insights into their customers and constituents. If those who complain about governments using this sort of technology “against” them would learn how to use it themselves, the tables might be turned as we gain insight into how well government is providing services to us.”—
(Sharing this mostly as a reminder to myself to write more about Sandy’s comments and where I sit on this…)
RadioLab - Cities
Worthwhile program on urban intelligence:
“There’s no scientific metric for measuring a city’s personality. But step out on the sidewalk, and you can see and feel it. Two physicists explain one tidy mathematical formula that they believe holds the key to what drives a city. Yet math can’t explain most of the human-scale details that make urban life unique. So we head out in search of what the numbers miss, and meet a reluctant city dweller, a man who’s walked 700 feet below Manhattan, and a once-thriving community that’s slipping away.”
Are you feeling unsure how a big, lofty idea such as Smarter Planet ties into what you are doing on a day-to-day basis as an IBM Software Business Partner?
Read Jacqlyn Levy’s blog “What the IBM Software Story Means for Business Partners ” as she explains how the IBM’s Smarter Planet vision and strategy can help you generate new business opportunities.
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