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Want To Prevent Future Hunger? Try Precision Agriculture

Lloyd A. Treinish | Posted 09.22.2013 | Technology
Lloyd A. Treinish

How many mouths will the world be feeding by 2050? It is an estimated 9.2 billion, up from 7 billion today. To keep pace with this growing population, global food production will need to increase by 70 percent. That means getting a lot smarter about how we raise crops.

Big Data and PISA

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 09.20.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Big data is the foundation on which education can reinvent its business model and build the coalition of governments, businesses, and social entrepreneurs that can bring together the evidence, innovation and resources to make lifelong learning a reality for all.

Using Data to Fight Counterfeiting

Travis Korte | Posted 09.18.2013 | Technology
Travis Korte

From the federal government's data-driven policing efforts to private sector initiatives to secure the supply chain, data has the potential to emerge as a powerful new tool in the fight against counterfeit goods.

Why Behavior Change Apps Fail to Change Behavior

Nir Eyal | Posted 09.16.2013 | Technology
Nir Eyal

Imagine walking into a busy mall when someone approaches you with an open hand. "Would you have some coins to take the bus, please?" he asks. But in this case, the person is not a panhandler. The beggar is a PhD.

Netflix Is the New Apple

Sam Fiorella | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Sam Fiorella

Netflix has emerged from a somewhat troubled startup to become the unconventional bellwether for what is to come in the digital media world.

Big Data: Making Cities Smarter

Phil Simon | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Phil Simon

As I wrote in Too Big To Ignore, Big Data is leading a revolution of sorts. Like any new technology in an era of social media, education and communica...

Datacenters Are the New Church: In the Euro Cloud With Interxion

James Grundvig | Posted 09.14.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

The tech revolution of the 21st century is changing how professionals analyze data, how people share, socialize, connect and collaborate with others, ...

The Empress Has No Clothes: An Interview with Joyce Roche

Phil Simon | Posted 09.14.2013 | Books
Phil Simon

When jumping into the abyss, it's natural for self-doubt to creep in. After all, even in an era of Big Data, do we have anything even remotely close t...

Can Innovation Have Impact? ON:Conference's Rik Willard Sees It as the Path Forward

James Grundvig | Posted 07.12.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

"What is the nature of innovation and how can one harness it to make an impact on business investments globally?" Rik Willard recalled asking two of h...

Jay-Z and Samsung Are Not the NSA

Nicholas Mennuti | Posted 09.09.2013 | Media
Nicholas Mennuti

The Samsung App and the NSA snooping are in no way commensurate sins. The government is spending your money -- confiscated through ever-rising taxes -- to pay private contractors and the NSA to harvest your data for its own personal use.

Enterprise Approach to Big Data: Interview with Think Big Analytics CEO Ron Bodkin

James Grundvig | Posted 09.08.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

Aiming to become the leader in the Big Data movement for the enterprise, Think Big Analytics closed a $3 million seed round earlier this year, which included an investment from former Cisco executive Dan Scheinman.

Does the Environment Need Big Data?

Angel Hsu | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Angel Hsu

Forests don't tweet, and whales don't shop on Amazon. So what does Big Data mean for the environment and sustainability?

Filter Success: The End of Social Discourse

Shelly Palmer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

  237-ish years ago, a great, nascent political experiment fought its way into being. A government of the people, by the people and for the peop...

How To Stop AT&T From Selling Your Data

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 07.08.2013 | Technology

Last week, telecom giant AT&T quietly updated its privacy policy with a controversial change: The company would begin selling customers' information t...

Do Humans Dream of Electric Scripts?

J.E. Fishman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
J.E. Fishman

Before Big Data took over the world, someone wrote a roman a clef about the 1992 Democratic primary.

The 'Intelligent Platform' for the Global Web: Akamai's Infrastructure Reach

James Grundvig | Posted 08.31.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

To think that Akamai, guiding a third of the world's web traffic, was created at the apex of the Dot Com era in 1998, went through their IPO in 1999, ...

The Art Of Data

Peter Hirshberg | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Peter Hirshberg

Today, with big data and its implications so important to citizenship and society, artists are at the forefront of helping us see and understand data in altogether new ways. And the questions they ask help us process our collective anxiety and fascination with the phenomena of a pervasively instrumented world.

Shingerview With Ben Jones, CTO of AKQA

David Shing | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
David Shing

As the Chief Technology Officer of one of the world's most creative agencies, Ben Jones is the person bringing the best and unimagined stories out of data -- something that every brand needs today. Speaking with him was one of the most inspiring talks I had in Cannes.

When Big Brother Meets Big Data

Rep. Rush Holt | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Rep. Rush Holt

If federal authorities want to see the data of an American citizen, they should be forced to come through the front door -- and only with a court order based on probable cause, as our Founders intended.

Grandma's Big Data, Privacy and Your Future Choices

Joseph F. Coughlin | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology
Joseph F. Coughlin

We rarely think of older adults as being lifestyle leaders. However, the needs of an aging society combined with the availability of technology, related services and the big data they generate requires a cross-generational discussion of privacy.

Who Has Rights to the Wiretap Information?

Carole Sumner Krechman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Los Angeles
Carole Sumner Krechman

I hope that they learn from my ranting's about building a Culture of Peace as part of our diplomacy and they can broadcast that information to whom they want whenever they will.

Showing Off at The Israel Conference

Tom Teicholz | Posted 08.24.2013 | Technology
Tom Teicholz

Are Israeli companies best suited to just being startups that develop new technology -- to be bought out by larger global companies who can better market and deploy and distribute their products -- or should these companies be allowed to mature in Israel, creating jobs and industry there rather than merely for export?

The Bridge to IBM's SmartCloud Now has a SoftLayer

James Grundvig | Posted 08.24.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

In the world according to rumor and speculation -- there's a lot of that in the rapidly changing world of technology -- why did IBM acquire SoftLayer?

Beware of Geeks...

David Sable | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
David Sable

Recently I was asked what young creative types should study in order to be successful in today's digital-centric world. My answer: Read The Iliad and The Odyssey

Can Simple Math Help Solve Science's Big Problems?

Stacy Lu | Posted 08.20.2013 | Science
Stacy Lu

As scientists struggle to publish, collaborate and keep up with current research, mathematicians and computer scientists are finding new ways to crunch data and answer big questions.