The Human Face of Big Data

Re-airs June 2016

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 but as Edward Snowden and the release of NSA documents have shown, the accessibility of all this data comes at a steep price. This film captures the promise and peril of this extraordinary knowledge revolution.

Providing Support for PBS.org

Providing Support for PBS.org

Clips 6

Video thumbnail: The Human Face of Big Data Everything Is Quantifiable

The Human Face of Big Data

Everything Is Quantifiable

Visualizing data allows us to see patterns in way that was previously impossible.

2:31

Everything Is Quantifiable

2:31

Video thumbnail: The Human Face of Big Data How Health Tracking Could Change Society

The Human Face of Big Data

How Health Tracking Could Change Society

Doctors and health officials can start to see patterns that drive collective behavior.

2:41

How Health Tracking Could Change Society

2:41

Video thumbnail: The Human Face of Big Data Learning Revealed: How A Word Is 'Birthed'

The Human Face of Big Data

Learning Revealed: How A Word Is 'Birthed'

MIT researchers set out to collect data on how children acquire language.

2:57

Learning Revealed: How A Word Is 'Birthed'

2:57

Video thumbnail: The Human Face of Big Data Mapping the Cost of Justice

The Human Face of Big Data

Mapping the Cost of Justice

Data collection on the rate of incarceration gives insight on biased tactics.

2:50

Mapping the Cost of Justice

2:50

See all

Previews 2

Video thumbnail: The Human Face of Big Data Preview | The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big Data

Preview | The Human Face of Big Data

The promise and peril of the extraordinary knowledge revolution.

0:30

Preview | The Human Face of Big Data

0:30

Video thumbnail: The Human Face of Big Data Trailer | The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big Data

Trailer | The Human Face of Big Data

The promise and peril of the extraordinary knowledge revolution.

3:13

Trailer | The Human Face of Big Data

3:13

See all

Support for PBS.org provided by: