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Kenneth Cukier

Data Editor «The Economist» Global Big Data Expert

Kenneth Cukier is data editor at “The Economist” and co-author of “Big Data”, the first systematic treatment of this emerging science, which Kenn argues is a revolution on par with the Internet or perhaps even the printing press. Kenn explores the amazing new possibilities that big data offers in business, health, politics, education, innovation and many more areas.

His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Prospect, The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, amongst others. He has been a frequent commentator on business and technology matters for CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and others.

keynote | German

2.30 p.m.


Kenneth Neil Cukier, American, Data Editor of The Economist, co-author of Big Data, uses the Human Genome Project as an example of big data: In 2003 it took a decade and one billion dollars to sequence 3 billion base-pair in a human genome. In 2013 it took one day and cost 1000 dollars. This is BIG data. Where are we going with big data? We need to know how to manage it for data is not reality itself, we are its masters and not its servants. Everything will be quantified and measured in the future. Data is turning into the oil of the information age.