Big Data

Where Does Our Information Go After We Die?
August 14, 2015

Data columnist Paul Ford discusses the federal Death Master File

The Database of the Dead
August 13, 2015

The Social Security Administration maintains a database of everyone who has died since 1936. Are you in it?

The Final File
August 13, 2015

Exploring the Social Security administration’s list of America’s dead.

The Moral Hazard of Big Data
February 06, 2015

We need greater accounting for algorithms that see us only as points in a vast Venn diagram. 

Nate Silver and His Equations Don't Understand the World Cup
June 16, 2014

The dubiousness of Big Data's soccer predictions

This Map Predicts Where Violence Will Erupt in Afghanistan
November 25, 2013

As a security deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan stalls, this is what the future looks like.

No, Science Doesn't Have All the Answers
August 07, 2013

Kibbitzing with Leon Wieseltier on scientism, threats to the humanities, and the highbrow/lowbrow wars.

What Big Data Will Never Explain
March 26, 2013

Against the messianic conception of data—Big Data.