The 10 Commandments of Big Data

    The commandments are inspired by the content of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Change the Way We Live, Work, and Think

    The topic of Big Data interested me from the very beginning of its popularization in Russia. Tired of aggressive marketing by manufacturers in this direction, trying to sell anything under the guise of Big Data, but not the very essence of Big Data, and biased articles by IT journalists singing about the effectiveness and usefulness of Big Data in solving business problems, I decided to read a book a fan of the Big Data technology approach, a professor at Oxford University and a co-author, economist, hoping to find answers to questions that reveal the essence of Big Data. As I read it, my mind gradually became aware of the ideas inherent in this book. At some point, I decided that the essence of this book can be expressed in religious terms, in the form of short commandments that state the basic principles and approaches,

    The Great Storm is coming and each person will be reflected digitally. All human life and deeds will become visible to everyone and there will be a great temptation to use this to please their selfish desires. Only he will go through the filth and will not get dirty, and be cleansed at the end, who will firmly adhere to the right path and keep the digital commandments that are kept by us from fiery hell.

    1. Use all the data for only a complete set can shed light of truth on the state of things in our world.
    2. Do not be afraid of errors and inaccuracies in the data because it is not an exact result, but probability that brings us closer to understanding the essence of events.
    3. Do not look for a reason, but look for patterns and dependencies because everything in this world is interconnected and cannot exist separately from everything.
    4. Find out a way to measure the world - and you will gain power over it, for knowledge of the past gives us power over the future. (By measuring the world is meant to save the measurements in a form suitable for analysis)
    5. Learn the true value of data by looking at them through the multifaceted prism of applications, because only the full range of possible uses allows you to evaluate the entire depth of the meaning of the data.
    6. Develop analytical abilities because only the ability to see the simple in the complex will indicate the right path in the future raging ocean of data.
    7. Do not erect an idol from the data for their obsession leads to their misuse. (data is an assistant in making decisions, not the cause of the phenomenon)
    8. Honor the confidentiality of your neighbor because there is nothing in the world dearer than individual freedom.
    9. Do not judge a person by analytical predictions about him, for not thoughts, but only actions show the true essence of him.
    10. Nothing is predetermined in this world because the data do not give definitive answers, but serve as a guiding light in making decisions.

    The meaning of each of these commandments can be revealed on more than one page. This work of speculation is left to your discretion, because everyone in the commandments sees their own meaning.

    However, one must understand that Big Data is not a panacea for the future world that can solve absolutely all problems, rather they will help us choose a more correct solution and avoid mistakes. In the end, we choose how to meet and tame the future, because we can take appropriate measures or take actions (taking into account the information received from the data) to change it.

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