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On our reading list: The Human Face of Big Data

On our reading list: The Human Face of Big Data

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Rick Smolan enlisted an unusual partner for the release of his new coffee table book, The Human Face of Big Data — FedEx. Yes, Smolan orchestrated a meeting with the shipping giant so that 10,000 copies of the book would be delivered simultaneously today, November 20, to a large group of influential people around the []

Teens: Compare your stats with kids around the world

Teens: Compare your stats with kids around the world

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TED speaker Rick Smolan is asking students between the ages of 13 and 18 to become “Data Detectives” for a new project he’s unveiling today — and that he will talk about at TEDYouth this Saturday. By answering a 20-question online survey, teenagers will help build a data set that will let then compare themselves to []

Calling all teens: Become a data detective

Calling all teens: Become a data detective

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Just by living our plugged-in lives, each of us is producing a constant stream of data. Little snippets are left behind of what we search, what we buy, where we go, what we tweet … This endless flow of numbers is referred to as “big data,” data sets so large that they require sophisticated parsing []

A girl, a photograph, a homecoming: Rick Smolan on TED.com

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From the 2007 EG conference: Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a girl, a photograph, and an American homecoming. (Recorded December 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Duration: 25:06.) Watch Rick Smolan’s 2007 talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances. Get TED []