Talk in the Park

The Digital Revolution – How Big Data Is Changing Our Lives

We all leave behind numerous digital traces on a daily basis. Smartphones reveal our location, credit cards record our consumer habits, and Internet searches provide a sketch of the topics that interest us. It has never been easier and cheaper for companies, official bodies, banks, or insurers to collect these gigantic amounts of data. Big data is currently revolutionizing society in a multitude of areas – from medical diagnostics and share-price forecasts through to fully automated control processes in manufacturing and road traffic.

"Will we soon be faced with a dictatorship of data?" This question was asked by the internationally renowned Internet expert and Oxford professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger as part of his lecture at the Talk in the Park. At the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Mayer-Schönberger spoke of the possibilities opened up by big data and the revolutionary changes that will affect us all. In front of around 50 guests at the Robert Bosch House, Mayer-Schönberger examined whether German industry is well placed for the strategic deployment of big data and explored the question of who will protect us from having our personal data misused.

The evening on big data marked the start of the series on the digital revolution and its consequences – a topic that will feature in the Talk in the Park throughout 2015.

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Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Horst W. Garbrecht, Metabowerke GmbH, and former ZDF correspondent Udo van Kampen.