Big Data helps us decide better, making good use of scarce resources and creating entirely new industries by radically improving the efficiency of organizations. But it has a dark side, too, widening the digital divide, enabling manipulation, and sliding us down a slippery slope to a surveillance state.
In this talk, Alistair Croll, chair of O’Reilly’s Strata and Next:Money conferences and author of Lean Analytics, looks at the course our always-on, data-driven world is charting, offering some thought-provoking examples of what the future might hold, and what we need to watch out for as individuals, organizations, and even as a species.
Alistair has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies.
Alistair is a chair for Strata + Hadoop World conferences and the International Startup Festival, and the founder of the Bitnorth conference. He’s written four books on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics which has being translated into eight languages. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.