How Much Data?

Webopedia cites IDC research showing that we — presumably meaning humanity, all of civilization — produced 2.8 zettabytes in 2012. (That’s 2.8 trillion gigabytes, for those who couldn’t remember where “zetta” falls on the scale of hugeness.) In what may be a corallary to Moore’s Law, IDC also says that the total amount of data […]

An Evolutionary Approach

While my recent observation that Data Is Eating Us may have come off as tongue-in-cheek, the reality behind it is no joke. Most people aren’t (yet) transforming their basic bodily functions in order to have more time to analyze data, but there is no question that the fundamental dynamic between human beings and data is […]

Data Is Eating Us

Is analyzing big data more fun than eating? Well, it might just be. For some, at least. Anyway, that is one of the premises of Platfora’s recent Soylent giveaway promotion. For those who need catching up: Platfora is a Hadoop-native big data analytics platform. Soylent is an instant meal replacement, designed to provide 100% of […]

Bigger than We Realize

I think maybe big data is being under-hyped. That’s right. Under. And, yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds. And I know how suspect it sounds coming from a guy who spent all those years in product marketing, specifically marketing a product with strong big data tendencies (although we didn’t use that word to position […]

It’s Pronounced “COL-um-nar”

Oracle is making a big, big splash with the release of Oracle 12C, touting it as “the future of the database.” If you’re as interested in the future as I am, you are probably wondering what, exactly, the future of the database will look like. In the video below, Larry Ellison lays it all out […]

A Matter of Days

Let me tell you something important about your life. This is something that you know to be true about your life, but maybe you haven’t thought about it in a while, or maybe you have never thought about it in exactly these terms. Your life is a matter of days. So is mine. So is […]

What’s Real? Does It Matter?

In my new piece at H+ Magazine, I provide not so much a review of the movie Her as an exploration of the one of the bigger issues it raises, an issue that I don’t think is getting as much attention as it deserves. Some take the film to be a biting commentary on the state of […]

We’re Better Off Now; We’ll Be Much Better Off Soon

Virginia Postrel has written an intriguing piece at Bloomberg that some dill-weed of an editor gave a really unfortunate, and misleading, headline. Her piece suggests that quality of life, in this instance measured by something as seemingly trivial as entertainment options, is increasing even as other standard economic markers of well-being stay flat or dip […]