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    1. August 26, 2016

      Big data, Google and the end of free will

      For thousands of years humans believed that authority came from the gods. Then, during the modern era, humanism...

    2. August 23, 2016

      Algorithms are not impartial — and may penalise by race

      If you happen not to be white, the UK is a good place to live. Many parts of the country are at ease with diversity...

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      Aircraft orders show signs of slowing down after a six-year boom, and Brexit could thr...
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    1. August 8, 2016

      Surveillance: Taking liberties?

      Growing up in Tehran, Fred Ghahramani remembers being told by his mother to be careful with what he said on the...

    2. July 10, 2016

      Start-up senses mood through big data

      Joyeeta Das was taking a break from business school classes, enjoying the early morning sunshine in Oxford’s Port...

    3. July 6, 2016

      Increase in data collection drives growth in outsourced services

      Remote data centres are expanding as more organisations outsource in-house computer systems to networked computer...

    4. July 5, 2016

      Indian IT services groups adjust to cloud and big data

      At one end of a room at Wipro’s headquarters on the southern edge of Bangalore stands a shelf stacked with packets of...

    5. June 28, 2016

      Insurers test the limits of telematics’ big data

      The information that insurers receive from telematics devices is revolutionising the way car coverage is priced....

    6. June 15, 2016

      Microsoft seeks to build smarter business software

      The staid world of enterprise software could be on the verge of a productivity revolution. Entrepreneurs believe that...

    7. June 14, 2016

      Oil veterans’ new frontier

      How much oil will India use this month? It is a question that is both im­portant, because of the country’s emergence as...

    8. June 10, 2016

      US election: When the gloves come off

      When Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic presidential nomination this week, she took a big step towards breaking the...

    9. June 9, 2016

      Connect the corporate dots to see true transparency

      Until recently, no one outside the upper echelons of McKinsey, the consulting firm, knew what the letters “MIO”...

    10. June 1, 2016

      Olympic data help decide victors in race for 2020 funds

      The world-beating performance of medallists at the Rio Olympic Games this summer will probably be matched by the speed...

    11. May 27, 2016

      How ‘big data’ analysts are counting on your vote

      As the votes for US President Barack Obama came in on election night 2012, his chief analysis officer, Dan Wagner, was...

    12. May 16, 2016

      Big data analysis to transform insurance industry

      Big data analysis has revolutionised many areas of modern life — from healthcare, to politics, to sport — yet not so...

    13. May 13, 2016

      A billion prices can’t be wrong

      In the dying days of 2015 came news to set any geek’s pulse racing: the declaration of a “statistical emergency” by...

    14. May 11, 2016

      Active managers need to join ‘arms race’ for big data

      The forces of disruption are at work on the investment industry. But investors have no outside disrupters to blame....

    15. April 21, 2016

      Will big data mining prove a top sleuth for investors?

      Fraud is a word to strike fear into the hearts of any investor, who tend to take a company’s financial figures at face...

    16. April 18, 2016

      Connections, not armies, make countries powerful

      During the cold war, military might and economic clout were the measures of power that mattered. Today — in an...

    17. April 11, 2016

      Big Data will determine pop radio playlists

      Can anyone stop Big Data swallowing the music industry? Christopher Price thinks it is worth a try. Condemning the use...

    18. March 30, 2016

      Investors mine Big Data for cutting-edge strategies

      When Wayfair, a $4bn online retailer, released its quarterly results last year they proved unexpectedly buoyant,...

    19. March 22, 2016

      Spy tactics can spot consumer trends

      Israel’s military spies are skilled at sifting through large amounts of information — emails, phone calls, location...

    20. March 20, 2016

      MIT’s $75,000 Big Data finishing school (and its many rivals)

      For most students, a top degree in a field such as computer science or maths ought to be a passport to a career...

    21. March 8, 2016

      Good news — fintech could disrupt finance

      Information technology has disrupted the entertainment, media and retail businesses and, most recently, the supply of...

    22. February 29, 2016

      Prospecting for profits as ‘minetech’ seeks its moment

      With commodity prices and shares in the world’s largest mining companies in free fall, Shahram Tafazoli flew to London...

    23. January 27, 2016

      Tableau thrives as it seeks to free data from ‘Excel hell’

      In 1993, Pat Hanrahan was part of the Pixar team that won an Oscar for animation software. A decade later, he...

    24. January 26, 2016

      Smart Africa: Big-data tools transform business

      For the past 50 years, the scattered, unreliable state of data about African business and finance have deterred access...

    25. January 25, 2016

      Crafting charts that can withstand the data deluge

      More than 200 years ago, William Playfair voiced his frustration with statistics, no doubt pre-empting the thoughts of...

    26. January 22, 2016

      Website launch adds to personal data debate

      The battle between the public and retailers over who controls personal information is set to intensify with the launch...

    27. January 20, 2016

      Camera drones and cow fitness trackers help drive farm yields

      A fitness tracker for cows might have seemed like a whimsical situation comedy idea — until someone came up with one....

    28. January 19, 2016

      China: When big data meets big brother

      When browsing the internet in China, be sure to avoid logging on between 2am and 4am, steer clear of websites offering...

    29. January 18, 2016

      Aviva opens ‘digital garage’ in technology push

      Few investors would associate exposed brick walls, table footie and vintage posters in London’s trendy Hoxton Square...

    30. January 12, 2016

      General Electric: Post-industrial revolution

      General Electric’s latest technology for boosting manufacturing productivity is a gadget that feels like it would be...

    31. December 23, 2015

      Beware the electronic gossips eavesdropping in our homes

      Imagine being talked about behind your back. Now picture that conversation taking place covertly in your own sitting...

    32. December 17, 2015

      The hype over metadata is a dangerous myth

      Communications data — and the government’s powers to collect them — are at the heart of the draft Investigatory Powers...

    33. December 17, 2015

      Digital advances uneven across US economy

      Large sections of the US economy are failing to make the most of digital technologies and millions more jobs are set to...

    34. December 4, 2015

      European watchdogs to scrutinise robo-advice industry

      Financial regulatory authorities for the EU will scrutinise the growing industry of so-called robo-advice, where...

    35. November 24, 2015

      UK watchdog examines insurers’ use of big data

      The use of big data by general insurers has drawn scrutiny from the UK financial watchdog, which is requesting...

    36. November 16, 2015

      EasyJet looks to AI to cut delays and deliver its bacon butties

      The days of missing out on the last bacon baguette on an early morning easyJet flight or being delayed because of an...

    37. October 29, 2015

      IBM’s latest deal is a new test case for the big data economy

      What is Big Data worth? News this week that IBM had acquired the digital assets of the Weather Company for $2bn is — so...

    38. October 19, 2015

      Forget the big data hype — people want to know what it all means

      The lure of “big data” is one that few politicians or executives have been able to resist. Report after report has...

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