Imagine you are an agent in the movie The Matrix. Your goal is to search out and destroy non-compliant humans. Your machine-god worshipping society feeds you live streaming data, allowing you to locate your target. The clock is ticking. The Matrix is the perfect allegory for the power and potential of data analytics. Find what you are looking for instantly by leveraging technology to analyze patterns and identify anomalies against massive data sets. How can a human possibly combat the power of an agent in The Matrix?

Well, they can! The Matrix is just data – zeros and ones. In this case, green vertical lines running parallel on multiple screens, being read and interpreted by a living copilot in the “real world” who is able to see events, people and places, happening moments before they actually occur. The copilot has a semiclairvoyant ability to analyze patterns in streaming data and communicate pitfalls, dangers and dead-ends, inhibiting their comrade from a successful escape back to reality.

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