Big Data

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June 28, 2019
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How Big Data Can Help You Choose Better Health Insurance

New tools could save millions, but come with red flags.

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May 17, 2019
Video

Testing Rape Kits Saves Money and Stops Crime

Lawrence M. Wein finds that the benefits of testing outweigh the costs.
Insights and ideas on operations, information, and technology, including the management of systems, processes, and networks.

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April 26, 2019
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On Social Media, Sell Your Brand, Not Your Stuff

A new marketing study of Facebook users shows that hard-sell tactics stifle engagement, and engagement is gold.

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January 9, 2019
Written

Solving Poverty Using the Tools of Silicon Valley

A Stanford research team will harness computer learning to root out the many causes of poverty — and suggest precise solutions.

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November 20, 2018
Written

The Surprising Power of Small Data

More information isn’t necessarily better in health care — or business.

Latest Stories on Big Data

September 19, 2018
Written

How Much Is Your Private Data Worth — and Who Should Own It?

In an ideal world, consumers would control the rights to their data but would also be able to sell it broadly.
July 13, 2018
Written

Can Ad-Skipping Be Good for Advertisers?

TV sponsors will soon know when you click away, and that’s valuable information.
May 23, 2018
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Susan Athey: Why Business Leaders Shouldn’t Have Blind Faith in AI

Telling cats from dogs is easy. It’s the what-ifs that get problematic.
January 22, 2018
Written

How Engineering’s Blind Spot Creates Runaway Monopolies

One of Big Tech’s biggest problems is that designers too often forget to put a soul in the machine.
December 8, 2017
Written

Which Revolution Is More Historic: Industrial or Tech?

A new big data analysis spanning 200 years of patents shows that innovation bursts in the 1800s had greater social impact.
September 19, 2017
Written

How One-Stop Shopping Benefits Consumers

Retailers keep prices low across categories to avoid losing customers to competitors.
August 21, 2017
Written

What Does the Word “Intelligence” Really Mean?

Stanford GSB professors suggest a reading list of articles and books related to the concept.
August 14, 2017
Audio

Podcast: Michal Kosinski Shares His Vision of a World without Privacy

Should your digital footprint be public?
August 9, 2017
Written

How Digital Nervous Systems Can Raise Your Organizational IQ

As technology accelerates the flow of information, businesses have a new role model: computer networks.
May 9, 2017
Video

Michal Kosinski: AI Is Already Smarter Than We Are

In part two of a three part series, a data scientist explores how artificial intelligence developed a mind of its own.