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Preparing for a More Contradictory Future

About a decade ago now, the British Medical Journal ran one of my favorite academic parodies - a review article that attempted to conduct a meta-analysis of whether or not wearing a parachute when jumping from a plane could help prevent injury or death. Finding no one had studied the subject, the authors concluded:

How Inequality Threatens the Promise of Big Data

This year, the health team’s research has focused on big data and the world of innovation that it will open up. But while emerging technology will give us much more comprehensive data than we’ve had in the past, it won’t be perfect. Inequality will probably create significant data blind-spots/gaps in the future, because it does in the present and it has in the past. 

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