Big Data, Small World: Kirk Borne at TEDxGeorgeMasonU

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Talk given at TEDxGeorgeMasonU, April 6th 2013.
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Dr. Kirk Borne is a Multidisciplinary Data Scientist and an Astrophysicist. He is Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science in the George Mason University School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences (SPACS). He received his B.S. degree in physics from LSU and his Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech. After 20 years working in NASA, he changed course and became a data scientist in the then new field of ‘Data Mining’. His TEDx talk covers some of the basic ideas behind data mining, and how it influences us every day. If you are a Twitter user, you can follow him there as he actively tweets about Big Data, Data Science, and Astronomy under the handle @KirkDBorne.

Curator: Joe Renaud (@JoePRenaud).
Filming: GMU TV and Adam Scott.
Production Manager: Jessica Teaford (@jessicateaford).
TEDxGeorgeMasonU Team: Andrew Hawkins, Kathleen Wills, AZ Zeller, Brittny Steward, and Myurajan Rubaharan.
Major Sponsors: GMU Office of Student Scholarship, and GMU Office of the Provost.

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golagaz says:

Brilliant talk by Dr. Borne

Efsane YC says:

I'm trying to listen to his presentation, but his poor jokes and the way he nervously walks around, really distracts my attention and besides of that annoys me. I hope he will do something about his presentation skills the next time, cause these are things he could improve by practicing…

OnE61811301 says:

I always thought there's a connection between the neighbor's dog chewing a bone and the results from the Hadron Collider. Big data is just a huge pile of meaningless garbage without someone smart enough to interpret it.

NCジミー says:

Wow ….that entrance joke mate :/

S.S V says:

can that connection between humans (grid), create a prototype of global conscience?  (humans that behave as brain cells and internet connection as neurons)

Gemma Batoon says:

big data number one driver of discovery. watch this tedx presentation by kirk borne 

Rakesh Khachane says:

Excellent information about applications of big data

constant91 says:

That opening joke though!

Joe Burridge says:

Great talk by Kirk Borne on Big Data

Leo Bernett says:

Quite great

LogicSpot says:

Loooong but interesting vid about big data

Carlos Ferreira says:

This video is really great! I sure will look into Dr Borne's publications :)

aditya dogra says:

Nice presentation

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