Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education

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Homework assignments that learn from students. Courses tailored to fit individual pupils. Textbooks that talk back. This is tomorrow’s education landscape, thanks to the power of big data. These advances go beyond online courses. As the New York Times-bestselling authors of Big Data explain, the truly fascinating changes are actually occurring in how we measure students’ progress and how we can use that data to improve education for everyone, in real time, both on- and offline. Learning with Big Data offers an eye-opening, insight-packed tour through these new trends, for educators, administrators, and readers interested in the latest developments in business and technology.
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VIKTOR MAYER-SCHÖNBERGER is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. The co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We, Live, Work, and Think, he has published over a hundred articles and eight other books, including Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age. He is on the advisory boards of corporations and organizations around the world, including Microsoft and the World Economic Forum.

KENNETH CUKIER is the Data Editor of the Economist and co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. His writings on business and economics have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and elsewhere.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Published on
Mar 4, 2014
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Pages
60
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ISBN
9780544355507
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Education
Education / Computers & Technology
Education / General
Technology & Engineering / General
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A revelatory exploration of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large.

Which paint color is most likely to tell you that a used car is in good shape? How can officials identify the most dangerous New York City manholes before they explode? And how did Google searches predict the spread of the H1N1 flu outbreak?

The key to answering these questions, and many more, is big data. “Big data” refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. This emerging science can translate myriad phenomena—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable form, and uses our increasing computing power to unearth epiphanies that we never could have seen before. A revolution on par with the Internet or perhaps even the printing press, big data will change the way we think about business, health, politics, education, and innovation in the years to come. It also poses fresh threats, from the inevitable end of privacy as we know it to the prospect of being penalized for things we haven’t even done yet, based on big data’s ability to predict our future behavior.

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麥爾荀伯格/Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
《大數據:隱私篇》是麥爾荀伯格的《大數據》系列作品。大數據權威麥爾荀伯格從幾樁「網路上不經意的留言,卻變成人生污點」的案例,談起隱私權,並衍生出一個疑問:巨細靡遺的數位紀錄和記憶,真的是好事嗎?

為了解答這個疑問,麥爾荀伯格回顧了人類的紀錄簡史,從大腦(內部記憶)、以迄於倚重數位科技(外部記憶)的歷程,結果就是:世界追求的就是「記得」,「遺忘」成了被遺忘的選項。這種「完美的記憶」會引發寒蟬效應,改變我們的言談舉止。如果我們都得擔心,關於自己的資訊可能活得比自己更久,我們還敢不敢談八卦、聊經驗、批評政治?還是會開始自我審查?難道我們只要在網路上公開資訊,就活該從此失去對這些資訊的控制權?難道我們不能決定網路應該在何時「遺忘」這些資訊?難道我們真想要一個「因為再也沒有遺忘、也就再也沒有寬恕」的未來?

在大數據時代,我們更應該記得:如何忘記一些不必記憶或不該記憶的事,是一項美德。

麥爾荀伯格的《大數據》系列作品之三媒體生態協會「麥克魯漢媒體生態最佳書獎」美國政治學會「普萊斯獎」(科學、技術與環境政治類)

麥爾荀伯格值得讚揚!《大數據:隱私篇》值得閱讀!這本書令我們覺醒:我們到底創造了什麼樣的永恆,以及我們忘記了這些無盡的積累,可能預示了什麼意義。—— 杜奎德(Paul Duguid),加州大學柏克萊分校歷史學家與社會理論學家

麥爾荀伯格運用當代心理學理論的豐富內涵,探討了資訊科技如何影響我們對於世界和他人的詮釋。——《自然》期刊

《大數據:隱私篇》針對巨量資料的負面後果,提出種種層次的探討與應對之道。這也為文學作品,提供了令人深思的新素材。——《金融時報》

對於相關問題的討論,你找不到比這本書更有價值的資料了。——《科學》期刊

針對數位檔案「無法遺忘」的問題,麥爾荀伯格已擬出有趣的解決方案,這不應該遭到遺忘。——《新科學家》雜誌

真是一本令人著迷的書。——《連線》雜誌

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