"I am concerned with how data and people come together in social systems.
If you could see everybody in the world all the time, where they were, what they were doing, who they spent time with, then you could create an entirely different world. You could engineer transportation, energy, and health systems that would be dramatically better.
This new world could make George Orwell look like an unimaginative third stringer. It became really clear you had to think hard about the privacy and data ownership issues.Things that George Orwell didn’t realize were that is that you can watch the patterns of people interacting then you can figure out things like who they’re going to vote for and how they’re going to react to various situations like changes of regulation, and so forth. You could build something that, to a first approximation, would be the real evil empire. And, of course, some people are going to try and do that.
At the same time, there are some elements of this new data driven world that are really promising.”-Sandy Pentland, Edge
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