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Big Data's Dehumanizing Impact On Public Policy

Poyi Liu

One of the mantras of the Big Data revolution is that causation no longer matters. It's enough, the theory goes, to seek correlations in our copious data, deciphering "what" is happening and not bothering with "why." But not only is this problematic for a business looking for optimal retail pricing strategies, it's dramatically more so for those charged with crafting public policy.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is the most valuable insight I got out of this piece- it's almost as if the more we expand how much data we have, the less we'll actually get out of it: As Nate Silver highlights, "If the quantity of information is increasing by 2.5 quintillion bytes per day, the amount of useful information almost certainly isn't. Most of it is just noise, and the noise is increasing faster than the signal."