City governments have used big data to do everything from predicting hot-spots for criminal activity, to monitoring the spread of disease, to mapping and tracking infrastructure needs. As broadband access, cell phone ownership, and surveillance technologies expand around the globe, cities have access to new near-constant streams of data about how urban dwellers move and interact with their environments and economies. Advanced computing provides us with new power and speed in terms of understanding massive flows of data, but as cities race to get “smarter” by capturing and interpreting more and more inputs, what are the limits on what this type of information can tell us about the complicated social organisms that are cities? Are there times when less data might actually be better?
Featuring: Greg Lindsay,(Moderator), Jennifer Pahlka, Luis Bettencourt and Guruduth Banavar