Future Lab: The Wealth of Data
In ancient Greece, potters would never have believed the vases they created – donning a vast array of inscriptions about daily life – would fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. They also would have not guessed how much precious information about their (and our) civilization would be gleaned from this pottery. Today, millions of pieces of text, audio and video are being posted on the Internet. There’s precious information in all that data, too, which is being archived. And its value may be more immediate than as an antiquity to a researcher in the far-flung future. Analyzing searches, tweets and blogs may provide insights into things like language, population and even disease prevention. In this Future Lab Radio podcast we talk with Jim Held, Director of Tera-Scale Computing Research at Intel Labs, Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive, and Michael Franklin who runs the AMPLab known as Algorithms, Machines & People, at U.C. Berkeley.