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A Brief History of Big Data

How had the data grown so BIG? The trends appear to have finally converged:

  • data storage  went from stone tablets to animal skins to paper to HDD to...
  • ability to process information went from memorization to computer aided recall
  • humans are no longer the biggest data producers in the Universe

Gil Press traces the origins of Big Data - or at least a premonition thereof  - to 1946 in a great article in Forbes - a fascinating read!

I think that (with a bit of a stretch) it could go back all the way to Marcus Tullius Cicero, who lived in first century B.C.

"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." 

It's the book part I am referring to  🙂

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