Category Archives: Big Data History

A Very Short History of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

1308                                  Catalan poet and theologian Ramon Llull publishes Ars generalis ultima (The Ultimate General Art), further perfecting his method of using paper-based mechanical means to create new knowledge from combinations of concepts.  The nine most fundamental principles of the … Continue reading

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Big Data Timeline

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What’s the Big Data? 12 Definitions

Last week I got an email from UC Berkeley’s Master of Information and Data Science program, asking me to respond to a survey of data science thought leaders, asking the question “What is big data”? I was especially delighted to … Continue reading

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From 10MB Hard Drive to Big Data

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Big Data in 1956: IBM Launches the Disk Drive Industry

Today in 1956, IBM announced the 305 and 650 RAMAC (Random Access Memory Accounting) “data processing machines,” incorporating the first-ever disk storage product. The 305 came with fifty 24-inch disks for a total capacity of 5 megabytes, weighed 1 ton, and could … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Big Data, At CERN and Everywhere Else (Animation)

Lesson by Tim Smith, animation by TED-Ed. “But if big data has been around for so long, why do we suddenly keep hearing about it now? Well, as the old metaphor explains, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and it … Continue reading

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The OED, Big Data, and Crowdsourcing

The term “big data” was included in the most recent quarterly online update of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). So now we have a most authoritative definition of what recently became big news: “data of a very large size, typically to the extent that its … Continue reading

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