The Human Face of Big Data

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Over the past two decades, Rick Smolan, creator of the best selling “Day in the Life” books, has produced a series of ambitious global projects in collaboration with hundreds of the world’s leading photographers, writers, and graphic designers. This year Smolan invited more than 100 journalists around the globe to explore the world of Big Data. The Human Face of Big Data captures, in fascinating photographs and moving essays, an extraordinary revolution sweeping, almost invisibly, through business, academia, government, healthcare, and everyday life. Big Data is already enabling us to provide a healthier life for our children, to provide our seniors with independence while keeping them safe, to help us conserve precious resources like water and energy, to peer into our own individual genetic makeup, to create new forms of life, and soon, many predict, to reengineer our own species… and we’ve barely scratched the surface.

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Rick Smolan

Against All Odds Productions

Rick Smolan, a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, is best known as the co-creator of the “Day in the Life” book series.

Today Smolan is the CEO of Against All Odds Productions which orchestrates global photography projects that combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Pulling together teams of leading journalists and photographers (plus hundreds of thousands of members of the general public) to focus on emerging topics such as the global water crisis, the effect of the Internet on civilization or how the human race is learning to heal itself, Smolan and his team produce bestselling-illustrated books, TV specials, apps, and exhibits.

Many of Smolan’s books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists and have been featured on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and similar publications around the world. His projects include “America at Home”, “Blue Planet Run”, “The Obama Time Capsule”, “America 24/7”, “One Digital Day”, “24 Hours in Cyberspace”, “Passage to Vietnam”, “The Power to Heal” and “From Alice to Ocean: Alone Across the Outback”. Fortune Magazine selected Against All Odds as “one of the coolest companies in America.”

His new book “The Human Face of Big Data” will be published on November 20, 2012


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