Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

"The Human Face of Big Data"

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

"The Human Face of Big Data"

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Wednesday

"The Human Face of Big Data," 10-11 p.m., PBS

For this exploration of the role of technology and data collection in our modern lives, director producer Sandy Smolan said he had two goals: Instilling awe and fear in viewers.

"Awe at how the remarkable insights from analyzing this data [helps us] in our daily lives, like in preventive health and solving world problems, like hunger, global health, climate change and security," he said. "We couldn't talk about the subject without talking about the dark side of big data. What's the cost to society of losing our privacy, having all of our data accessible to anyone who chooses to look at it, where we go, what we buy, who we speak to? It's been said that big data will truly transform civilization, having an impact on humanity 1,000 times greater than the Internet. …

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