Big Picture Science – Big Data

by Gary Niederhoff on September 24, 2012

It’s all in the numbers. The trick is, finding what you’re looking for. But that’s the name of the game with big data. We have a giga-gigabyte of information, and combing through it will lead to new cures for disease, new discoveries about the cosmos, or clues to our social and economic behavior.

But is big data Big Brother? You leave a little bit of yourself behind with each mouse click. Discover how surveillance and privacy issues bubble out of the mix, as the terabytes keep flowing in.

Plus one man’s quest to know himself through the numbers as he records everything – and we do mean everything – about his body.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Citizen Medicine
Part 2: Quantitative Self
Part 3: Genomic data
Part 4: SETI data
Part 5: Personal vs. Private
Part 6: Freedom and Information

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