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Social Implications of Big Data and Fog Computing

Social Implications of Big Data and Fog Computing
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Author(s): Jeremy Horne (Inventors Assistance League, Prescott, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
Pages: 50
Source title: International Journal of Fog Computing (IJFC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sam Goundar (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Kashif Munir (National College of Business Administration & Economics, Pakistan)
DOI: 10.4018/IJFC.2018070101

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Abstract

In the last half century, we have gone from storing data on 5¼ inch floppy diskettes to the cloud and now use fog computing. But one should ask why so much data is being collected. Part of the answer is simple in light of scientific projects, but why is there so much data on us? Then, we ask about its “interface” through fog computing. Such questions prompt this article on the philosophy of big data and fog computing. After some background on definitions, origins and contemporary applications, the main discussion begins with thinking about modern data collection, management, and applications from a complexity standpoint. Big data is turned into knowledge, but knowledge is extrapolated from the past and used to manage the future. Yet it is questionable whether humans have the capacity to manage contemporary technological and social complexity evidenced by our world in crisis and possibly on the brink of extinction. Such calls for a new way of studying societies from a scientific point of view. We are at the center of the observation from which big data emerge and are manipulated, the overall human project being not only to create an artificial brain with an attendant mind, but a society that might be able to survive what “natural” humans cannot.

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