Managing big data vital to the future, says Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking heralded the potential of big data to not only discover how hairy a black hole is, but pioneer advances in fields from healthcare to education, at the launch of a new University of Cambridge institute. Speaking at the launch of the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information (CCIMI), Professor Hawking said big data held the key to some of the most important scientific advances in human history. He said: “In a dazzlingly complex world, you have to be able to discern the meaning in the mess. We are, in a figurative and literal sense, awash with what we call data. What we’re only now fully realising is twofold: the sheer quantity of data in any given domain and the tools we need to make use…

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