With data sizes growing at rates never seen before, Cloud is no longer a thing of the future. A recent Gartner report says that the personal cloud will replace the personal computer as the center of users' digital lives by 2014. Data gathered from various sources is being used ingeniously to make sense and benefit the society. A GigaOM report listed down some fascinating ways in which massive chunks of data are being used:
- 250 million tweets are posted everyday! It is very hard to make sense from this gargantuan data set but twitter successfully data-tracked cholera in Haiti in 2010. By using information from Twitter, researchers were able to detect outbreak of Cholera more than two weeks before they were identified by traditional methods!
- In another noble utilization, cell phone data was used to cure the ills of society. Nathan Eagle, a professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health and MIT Media Lab, is putting together massive amount of phone records to help development groups make important decisions like finding the best region in Kenya to launch a malaria eradication campaign. The intricacies involve data regarding where the call was made from, to whom and the duration.
- On a lighter side, there is huge data infusion on the music side as well. Data is being gathered from the likes of Twitter, last.fm and Facebook to study patterns in preferences of the fans. This data is being used to predict the next superstar or the next big album.
CloudLock helps leverage the cloud and had come up with an amazing infographic to demonstrate the magnitude.
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