218: Big Data, Small Data, Datification, Corellation versus Causation, Stock Market Trading, Health Informatics, Open Knowledge

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This week on Spark - "Big Data" is a huge buzzword right now. But how do you explain this technological trend in a way that actually makes sense, or matters? We take a look at collecting, storing, and processing massive amounts of data, and why, as more and more aspects of the real world are becoming "datified", we should care.

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Rick Smolan
Author of The Human Face of Big Data

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Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
Co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think

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Carolyn McGregor
Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, on neonatal data.

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Danielle Bochove
Business reporter and host for CBC News, on big data and stock market trading.

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Rufus Pollock
Founder and co-director of the Open Knowledge Foundation, on why the real revolution is small data.

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