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Computer scientist Sandy Pentland looks at how 'Big Data' is transforming the world and what that means for traditional organizations (big business and government, are you listening?). Via hub of genius Edge.org:

"The notion that it is connections between people that is really important is key, because researchers have mostly been trying to understand things like financial bubbles using what is called Complexity Science or Web Science. But these older ways of thinking about Big Data leaves the humans out of the equation. What actually matters is how the people are connected together by the machines and how, as a whole, they create a financial market, a government, a company, and other social structures...I expect to see that organizations with hard information boundaries will tend to dissolve, because there will be competition from things that are better that don't have the hard boundaries and don't try to own your data."

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