It Knows When You’re Awake

By Lloyd Marino Imagine a dystopia where everything you do is monitored. One in which your every move is tracked through a GPS. A device on your car records every tollbooth you pass. Your shopping patterns are constantly analyzed. Your emails are stored and correspondence recorded. Every Internet search is tracked. And your bookstore measures what and how much you…

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We’ve Got the Whole Wide World, in Our Phones

By Lloyd Marino Like a slightly altered children’s song, we’ve got the whole world in our phones. Now though, what does the world do with it? In America, cell phones have become ubiquitous. Nine out of 10 adult Americans (92%) have a cell phone (with two-thirds owning a smartphone that can connect to the Internet). Worldwide, about 43% own a…

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Blockchain – The End of the Middleman

By Lloyd Marino Bitcoin, introduced with much hoopla in 2009 was supposed to change money forever. Instead of metal coins and paper bills, bitcoin is stored on computers, independent of any country or bank. However, despite the hype, bitcoin has so far proved unsuccessful—the value of a bitcoin has dropped to just $524 (as of May 2016). Only a handful…

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Schooling Big Data: How Data Analytics Help Teachers & Schools

Schooling Big Data: How Data Analytics Help Teachers & Schools By Lloyd Marino It wasn’t so long ago that the most advanced data system in most of America’s classroom was a gradebook with numbers written in pencil seen only by that teacher. Today, educators’ ability to access complex computerized data has grown alongside the rise of the standards and accountability…

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Buying and Selling Cars with Big Data

Big Data and the Auto Industry Part III: Buying and Selling Cars with Big Data By Lloyd Marino   For most Americans buying a new car is the second most expensive purchase they make. In 2015, Americans paid an average of $33,560 for a new car. Buyers naturally want all the data they can find before making such an expensive…

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Big Data and the Auto Industry: Driving to Less Distraction

Part II: Fewer Repairs While Improving Driver Safety By Lloyd Marino Who invented the car? Seems like a simple enough question. But ask 10 people and you might get 10 different answers. The history of the automobile dates back to the 15th century when Leonardo da Vinci started tinkering with designs and models for transport vehicles. Lots of folks would…

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Part I: The Connected Car

By Lloyd Marino Here’s some good news: new car sales are through the roof.  According to Business Wire, U.S. consumers and businesses are buying new vehicles at a rate exceeding 18 million units annually, and maintaining a “sales pace that hasn’t been replicated since before the Great Recession,” writes Bill Visnic on Forbes.com. In fact, there are over one billion…

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Big Data Hits the Big Screen (Part II)

By Lloyd Marino Would it be fun to know what’s around the next corner? Yeah, yeah, knowing what’s coming next takes the fun out of life. After all, spontaneity and the unexpected make life worth living, right?  On the other hand, think of all the crap you could avoid? I mean how many things would you have done differently if…

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Big Data Hits the Big Screen (Part I of II Parts)

By Lloyd Marino Traditions change. It’s just the nature of life. Sometimes the change happens gradually. Other times, it’s forced on us. For millions of Americans, myself included, a trip to the movie theater was probably one of those hallowed traditions that would never run its course. So woven into our cultural fabric and collective consciousness was the movie ritual…

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Is Big Data the Fashion Industry’s Next “Must Have?”

By Lloyd Marino At first glance, the fashion industry would seem like fertile ground for Big Data. After all, isn’t this industry, as much as any other built around the concept of “trend forecasting?” Yet, it’s also incredibly “feel” based, and decisions are a hodgepodge of cultural influences, intuition and personal philosophy, placing fashion very squarely in the “unpredictable” category.…

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