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Big Data In A Big Brave World

The ancient Mayans are often recognised for their skills in accurately analysing planets and stars in the night sky with the most primitive of tools. Ancient tablets provide evidence of their understanding of astronomy, as well as their ability to accurately predict lunar and solar eclipses many decades ahead. Such examples of human endeavour are testament to our curious nature and inherent penchant for foresight. Interestingly, such practices bear parallels to what we now refer to as big data. The Mayans were effectively analysing data from the observable universe, which is comparable to an unstructured database with billions of years’ worth of data. Similarly, big data — the practice of handling unconventionally large datasets, traditionally the preserve of the corporate […] Continue Reading

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