Documentary written and directed by Sandy Smolan. Runtime 56 minutes.
With the rapid emergence of digital devices, an unstoppable, invisible force is changing human lives in incredible ways. Every two days the human race is now generating as much data as was generated from the dawn of humanity through the year 2003. The massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time is allowing us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges— pollution, world hunger, and illness—but as Edward Snowden and the release of National Security Administration documents have shown, the accessibility of all this data comes at a steep price.
The Human Face of Big Data captures the promise and peril of this extraordinary knowledge revolution. The real-time visualization of data received from satellites, GPS-enabled cameras, and smartphones is enabling people to measure and understand aspects of our world that we never thought possible. This new information can help researchers to peer into our genetic make up, conserve resources like water and energy, and provide a healthier environment for our children. After nearly two years of research and interviews with dozens of the scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs pioneering this space, the documentary details how data capture and analysis is likely to have a thousand times more impact on our lives than the Internet. Through data visualization and moving stories the filmmakers detail how big data is being utilized in business, academia, government, healthcare, and our day to day lives.
Panel Discussion about the film with:
- Sandy Smolan, FIlmmaker
- Rick Smolan, Executive Producer
- Linda Avey, Biologist and founder 23andme.com
- Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
- Quentin Clark, Chief Business Officer, SAP
- Moderator: Michael Malone, Editor, Wall Street Journal