(Bloomberg View) -- A White House panel has spent the past few months trying to make sense of the zettabytes of data that the information-industrial complex collects every day. There is no shame in its failure -- no one has yet to make sense of all that data, and the panel asks all the right questions -- but its report illustrates how hard it will be for the government to respond to such a powerful new technology.
The panel notes, rightly, that big data is in many ways a modern blessing. Cities are using it to find potholes, prevent fire hazards, and concentrate police resources. The federal government is using it to improve climate models and detect espionage. Companies are using it to improve efficiency, streamline supply chains and increase productivity. Yet big data has also introduced some new and alarming conundrums.
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