The Human Face of Big Data

With the rapid emergence of digital devices, an unstoppable, invisible force is changing human lives in ways from the microscopic to the gargantuan. Big Data, a word that was barely used a few years ago, now governs the day for many of us from the moment we awaken to the moment our head hits the pillow. This massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time is allowing us to not only address some of humanity biggest challenges but is also helping create a new kind of planetary nervous system. But at what price?

The Human Face of Big Data, the documentary component to Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt’s book, captures the promise and peril of this extraordinary knowledge revolution.