Top 462 Data Quotes

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“The possibilities for creation and insight are endless. We’re constantly collecting more data, and it’s starting to be very relevant to our lives.”

― Aaron Koblin

“There’s something that happens with the collection of a large amount of data when it’s dumped into an Excel spreadsheet or put into a pie chart. You run the risk of completely missing what it’s about.”

― Aaron Koblin

“My work is focused on using data to tell stories and explore our common humanity.”

― Aaron Koblin

“I was really intrigued by the idea of using live streams of data that’s relevant to real people, and that would allow us to reflect and learn about ourselves.”

― Aaron Koblin

“I’ve always been interested in technology, but specifically how we can use machines to engage the imagination. I started using computers when I was young and was fascinated by creating rules and instructions that allow a computer to engage in a dialogue with humans. The stories found in the data all around us can do just that.”

― Aaron Koblin

“For technology companies, information about what people do online is extremely valuable – it can be used to sell targeted advertising or sold to data clearinghouses.”

― Adam Cohen

“In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a ‘failed experiment.’ Any test that yields valid data is a valid test.”

― Adam Savage

“Fortunately, in Piramal Enterprises, we are in three broad sectors. One is in the whole financial services sector, the second is in pharmaceuticals, and the third is in healthcare analytics and data.”

― Ajay Piramal

“Coming to the growth potential in financial services, there is enough data to show that, usually, financial services grow about twice or two and a half times of what the economy, the GDP growth rates.”

― Ajay Piramal

“I think that the default for collecting any kind of personal data should be opt-in consent.”

― Al Franken

“Rapid development in areas like machine-to-machine communications and the Internet of Things, coupled with the proliferation of big data, means higher-skilled professions, such as lawyers, journalists and accountants, are changing too. Some of their tasks are being replaced.”

― Alain Dehaze

“They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather data about the context and the informant and, above all, write an analysis of the items based upon the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.”

― Alan Dundes

“My own bias in folkloristics is decidedly psychoanalytic. I believe that the vast majority of folklore concerns fantasy, and because of that, I am persuaded that techniques of analyzing fantasy are relevant to folklore data.”

― Alan Dundes

“Data can set you free.”

― Alan Mulally

“By going to Pluto, we have a chance to anchor, with real data, models of the early evolution of Earth’s atmosphere.”

― Alan Stern

“Either data supports the observations or they don’t. Voting doesn’t work in science.”

― Alan Stern

“In the wake of digitalization megatrends such as mobile Internet, the Internet of things, and big data, digital innovations are creating development opportunities faster than ever.”

― Alexander De Croo

“Overall, while the Rovi entertainment store is a nice stand-alone offering, more importantly, however, it is also a part of our total customer solution, fitting in now with our data and TotalGuide offerings.”

― Alfred Amoroso

“Scientists learn about the world in three ways: They analyze statistical patterns in the data, they do experiments, and they learn from the data and ideas of other scientists. The recent studies show that children also learn in these ways.”

― Alison Gopnik

“You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.”

― Alvin Toffler

“Metaprograms are programs that manipulate themselves or other programs as data.”

― Anders Hejlsberg

“If you want to publish data, you should do it to share knowledge.”

― Andrew Ng

“The reason Donald Trump was elected was that we automated away four million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. If you look at the voter data, it shows that the higher the level of concentration of manufacturing robots in a district, the more that district voted for Trump.”

― Andrew Yang

“Passion provides purpose, but data drives decisions.”

― Andy Dunn

“If you’re in a motion-capture studio, you have spherical, reflective markers, which are picked up by cameras that emit infrared – it reflects it, and then the cameras pick up the data.”

― Andy Serkis

“In a slower economy, companies look for more value. The cloud provides this. So does Big Data.”

― Aneel Bhusri

“I sit on the board of Cloudera, a big vantage point of big data.”

― Aneel Bhusri

“I think, in general, data protection really matters.”

― Aneel Bhusri

“I now have Grit Scale scores from thousands of American adults. My data provide a snapshot of grit across adulthood. And I’ve discovered a strikingly consistent pattern: grit and age go hand in hand. Sixty-somethings tend to be grittier, on average, than fifty-somethings, who are in turn grittier than forty-somethings, and so on.”

― Angela Duckworth

“High quality, open, transparent, and uncensored data are needed to support democracy.”

― Angus Deaton

“When we share our personal data with business, its use should be transparent and secure.”

― Anna Eshoo

“Consumers deserve to know exactly what they’re getting for their money when they sign-up for a 4G data plan.”

― Anna Eshoo

“23andMe is pleased to bring public funding to bear on data and research driven by the public – our more than 180,000 customers.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“Data helps solve problems.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“There’s enough data showing that the fitter you are, the better you eat, the more likely you are to stay healthy longer.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“Big data is going to make us all healthier.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“I want the world’s data accessible.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“The Europeans have lots of data on the use of adjuvanted flu vaccine in the elderly, but I don’t think anybody has really good data on adjuvants in children.”

― Anthony Fauci

“Our view is that the very best data miners or statisticians can earn as much as the very best golfers or tennis players.”

― Anthony Goldbloom

“Companies are getting bitten by hiring a data scientist who isn’t really a data scientist.”

― Anthony Goldbloom

“Engel & Voelkers has a long-standing reputation for providing excellence to a demanding clientele. Now we provide even more by offering our technologically-savvy customers the most up-to-the-minute data on homes, from listing prices to photos – all at their fingertips.”

― Anthony Hitt

“’Targeting’ is polite ads-speak for the data levers that Facebook exposes to advertisers, allowing that predatory lot to dissect the user base – that would be you – like a biology lab frog, drawing and quartering it into various components, and seeing which clicked most on its ads.”

― Antonio Garcia Martinez

“In the early days, a Georgia college kid named Chris Putnam created a virus that made your Facebook profile resemble MySpace, then the social-media incumbent. It went rampant and started deleting user data as well. Instead of siccing the F.B.I. dogs on Putnam, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz invited him for an interview and offered him a job.”

― Antonio Garcia Martinez

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

― Arthur Conan Doyle

“And we invested three hundred thousand dollars, became the lead investor and I became Chairman of the Board of Scientific Data Systems, as I was at Intel for a while.”

― Arthur Rock

“We went out and tagged 17 sharks and watched where they went. The data was amazing.”

― Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

“Your body is spewing off millions of data points a second.”

― Astro Teller

“I was always a data guy, not a theorist. Theorists can maintain total purity. The data are always messy.”

― Austan Goolsbee

“Bitcoin is a way to have programmable scarcity. The blockchain is the data structure that records the transfer of scarce objects.”

― Balaji Srinivasan

“TV producers want ratings and are willing to do nearly anything to get them. They gin up artificial conflicts and create an urgency for even the most minor of economic data points.”

― Barry Ritholtz

“The data strongly suggest that very good years in the U.S. stock market are followed by more good years.”

― Barry Ritholtz

“You have a natural tendency to want an emotionally satisfying tale – and to make investments based on that – despite times when the actual data may be telling you something different.”

― Barry Ritholtz

“Most of the time, economic data is fairly benign. I don’t wish to imply it is meaningless, but it is not a driver of stock markets. Indeed, the correlation between economic noise and how equity markets perform has been wildly overemphasized.”

― Barry Ritholtz

“In computer circles, any unencrypted data is known as ‘cleartext.’”

― Barton Gellman

“The causes and severity of NSA infractions vary widely. One in 10 incidents is attributed to a typographical error in which an analyst enters an incorrect query and retrieves data about U.S phone calls or emails.”

― Barton Gellman

“Evolving technologies that allow economists to gather new types of data and to manipulate millions of data points are just one factor among several that are likely to transform the field in coming years.”

― Ben Bernanke

“Doctors and patients need as much data as possible to make an informed decision about what treatment is best.”

― Ben Goldacre

“There was more data transmitted over the Internet in 2010 than the entire history of the Internet through 2009.”

― Ben Parr

“When I first began studying prices, it wasn’t a topic that mathematicians were working on. Purely by accident, I saw a set of data on price changes presented in a lecture and realized they behaved similarly to the geometric models I was already studying.”

― Benoit Mandelbrot

“Our investments in data, Internet and international have been particularly timely and have positioned the company to post industry-leading incremental revenue gains.”

― Bernard Ebbers

“The Adversity Index was created by msnbc.com and Moody’s Analytics to track the economic fortunes of states and metro areas. Each month, the Adversity Index uses government data on employment, industrial production, housing starts and home prices to label each area as expanding, at risk of recession, in recession or recovering.”

― Bill Dedman

“I love computer programmers. They have a very beautiful definition of complexity as ‘the capacity to transmit the maximum information with the minimum data’.”

― Bjarke Ingels

“If you are just using the service to look at Web sites and download e-mail, then a DSL line may be cheaper. It is when you have more data going out that wireless can make a difference.”

― Blake Farenthold

“The fourth amendment specifically was designed to prohibit general warrants. How could collecting every piece of phone data be perceived as anything but a general warrant?”

― Blake Farenthold

“Our view is that sensitive, contractual, market-moving, private data should be kept private.”

― Blythe Masters

“In fact, the Harvard study data indicates that 70 percent of African American children attend schools that are predominately African American, about the same level as in 1968 when Dr. King died.”

― Bobby Scott

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.”

― Brene Brown

“If I’m not mistaken, I think Data was the comic relief on the show.”

― Brent Spiner

“Yes, Data is hairless but I am not. And we are both anatomically correct.”

― Brent Spiner

“I think he is an extremely accessible character. In Data there is no potential for cruelty.”

― Brent Spiner

“We live in a world in which data convey authority. But authority has a way of descending to certitude, and certitude begets hubris.”

― Bret Stephens

“Voter fraud is a reality in American elections, but it is typical of the candidate to confuse anecdote with data and turn allegation into conspiracy.”

― Bret Stephens

“Data is going to be dynamic… and, combined with the performance of computing that allows for artificial intelligence to be applied, is going to bring all kinds of insights and additives to enhance everyday life.”

― Brian Krzanich

“Automobiles and the automotive industry are increasingly driven by data and computing. The saying ‘What’s under the hood’ will increasingly refer to computing, not horsepower.”

― Brian Krzanich

“The key fact missed most often by social scientists utilizing documentary films for data, is this: documentary films are not found or reported things; they’re made things.”

― Bruce Jackson

“I do have two data identities. I have my name, Bruce Sterling, which is my public name under which I write novels. I also have my other name, which is my legal name under which I own property and vote.”

― Bruce Sterling

“The level of ignorance is declining, and the ability to accumulate data and manipulate it for various ends is increasing.”

― Bruce Sterling

“There is a rampant tendency in any industry where someone is trying to sell something with a bunch of data, where they cherry pick a little bit… bias a little bit. This becomes quite easy when there is an enormous amount of data to cherry pick from.”

― Burt Rutan

“I was shocked to find that there were actually climate scientists who wouldn’t share the raw data, but would only share their conclusions in summary graphs that were used to prove their various theories about planet warming. In fact I began to smell something really bad, and the worse that smell got, the deeper I looked.”

― Burt Rutan

“’Free’ is the museum show of our times, presaging the whole Wikileaks dustup, and it shows shifting power dynamics and a glimpse of the human in a world of flowing data.”

― Caterina Fake

“At Deloitte, our programs for veterans are bringing new approaches to the table. For instance, we’re helping veterans’ organizations use data analytics to sift through streams of information about veteran needs.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.”

― Charles Babbage

“Smartphones can relay patients’ data to hospital computers in a continuous stream. Doctors can alter treatment regimens remotely, instead of making patients come in for a visit.”

― Charles C. Mann

“There is a calculus, it turns out, for mastering our subconscious urges. For companies like Target, the exhaustive rendering of our conscious and unconscious patterns into data sets and algorithms has revolutionized what they know about us and, therefore, how precisely they can sell.”

― Charles Duhigg

“The desire to collect information on customers is not new for Target or any other large retailer, of course. For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores.”

― Charles Duhigg

“If the assumptions used in calculating energy are changed, then this seriously affects the final result, even though the same body of data might be used.”

― Charles Francis Richter

“Most entrepreneurs are very gut driven – they have to be because the odds and data are often stacked against them. If your gut says something is the right thing to do, then do it.”

― Chieh Huang

“I am completely opposed to the concept of big data.”

― Chris Toumazou

“I set out to create chips that used low-energy technology, and that has allowed me to develop devices that can do all their data crunching on site.”

― Chris Toumazou

“Data is valuable, so let’s be mindful of how we’re sharing it.”

― Clara Shih

“If there can be three certain things in life, instead of two, it might be death, taxes, and data.”

― Clara Shih

“The problem for most self-starting leaders who do not have a mentor begins when they measure the results and find themselves fully aware of the data and the analytics, but are completely unaware of what to do.”

― Clay Clark

“By definition, big data cannot yield complicated descriptions of causality. Especially in healthcare. Almost all of our diseases occur in the intersections of systems in the body.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.”

― Clifford Stoll

“A teacher told my mother that I would never become successful, which illustrates the difficulty of long-run forecasting on inadequate data.”

― Clive Granger

“There are many types of economic data, but the type considered by Rob Engle and myself is know as time series.”

― Clive Granger

“Rob Engle and I are concerned with extracting useful implications from economic data, and so the properties of the data are of particular importance.”

― Clive Granger

“Insurance firms have always carefully studied real-world data to figure out what, precisely, constitutes a risky activity.”

― Clive Thompson

“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

― Colin Powell

“Now we have a whole separate supplier of data for Able Danger who’s verifying that same information.”

― Curt Weldon

“We should teach the students, as well as executives, how to conduct experiments, how to examine data, and how to use these tools to make better decisions.”

― Dan Ariely

“Reliable data on the outsourcing of American jobs is sorely missing from the debate on globalization.”

― Dan Lipinski

“When it comes to exploring the mind in the framework of cognitive neuroscience, the maximal yield of data comes from integrating what a person experiences – the first person – with what the measurements show – the third person.”

― Daniel Goleman

“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.”

― Daniel Keys Moran

“Carrier networks were originally built for connecting phone calls. Now they’re getting swamped with bandwidth-hogging data applications. Keeping up will require huge investments. Who’s going to pay for that?”

― Daniel Lyons

“If your data is out there earning money for somebody, you should have a say in it.”

― Daniel Suarez

“At KaBOOM! we are crowd-sourcing a nationwide Map of Play that uses GIS data and user rankings to identify where the engaging playgrounds are located, but more importantly, where they are not.”

― Darell Hammond

“Sense data are much more controversial than qualia, because they are associated with a controversial theory of perception – that one perceives the world by perceiving one’s sense-data, or something like that.”

― David Chalmers

“At TechStars, I have the privilege of working with hundreds of the best and brightest start-up mentors on the planet. We coach our mentors to take a Socratic approach and to provide data rather than decisions.”

― David Cohen

“The best mentors present their opinions simply as data and not as direction.”

― David Cohen

“We just kind of relied on written scouting reports through the eighties and even the early nineties. I’ve really been amazed by some of the data that’s out there, especially with regards to tendencies of hitters, and certainly tendencies of pitchers as well. I would have loved to have gotten that data when I played.”

― David Cone

“We charted individual pitches by hand, so I had that data from game to game, but from year to year, I didn’t really have that data, because a lot of times it was discarded.”

― David Cone

“However, the models also predict unambiguously that the atmosphere is warming faster than the surface of the earth; but all the available observational data unambiguously shows the opposite!”

― David Douglass

“And never – not in a single case – was the explanation, ‘I was pressured to do this.’ The explanation was very often, ‘The limited data we had led one to reasonably conclude this. I now see that there’s another explanation for it.’”

― David Kay

“What I love – and I’m a journalist – and what I love is finding hidden patterns; I love being a data detective.”

― David McCandless

“Data is the kind of ubiquitous resource that we can shape to provide new innovations and new insights, and it’s all around us, and it can be mined very easily.”

― David McCandless

“Over the years, online, we’ve laid down a huge amount of information and data, and we irrigate it with networks and connectivity, and it’s been worked and tilled by unpaid workers and governments.”

― David McCandless

“We created the ability for people to insert enterprise or personal data.”

― David Rose

“Integral to the orb is our low cost long-range wireless radio data system and a protocol that allows us to send this data over 90% of the US population every 15 minutes throughout the day.”

― David Rose

“There will be hundreds of new companies that will be created to develop these very simple data devices.”

― David Rose

“I consider high-speed data transmission an invention that became a major innovation. It changed the way we all communicate.”

― Dean Kamen

“Computers can’t find the unexpected, but people can when they eyeball the data.”

― Debra Fischer

“If someone stole your keys to encrypt the data, it didn’t matter how secure the algorithms were.”

― Dmitri Alperovitch

“Our personal data belongs to us. Government holds it on trust.”

― Dominic Grieve

“The concern is over what will happen as strong encryption becomes commonplace with all digital communications and stored data. Right now the use of encryption isn’t all that widespread, but that state of affairs is expected to change rapidly.”

― Dorothy Denning

“I think most organizations have an interest in key recovery, at least with respect to stored data.”

― Dorothy Denning

“I don’t have a particular recommendation other than that we base decisions on as much hard data as possible. We need to carefully look at all the options and all their ramifications in making our decisions.”

― Dorothy Denning

“The cloud is still really just a bunch of servers, owned by someone or something, whose decisions and competence must be trusted. This applies to everything from Google Docs to Gmail: Putting our data out there really means putting it ‘out there.’”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“Removed from ‘Gmail’ doesn’t necessarily mean removed from all Google servers. In fact, your old emails are the data set from which Google models our behaviors – the real product it is offering its advertisers.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“Devices are getting smarter – your television, your car – and that means more data spread around. There needs to be a fabric that connects all these devices. That’s what we do.”

― Drew Houston

“The falsification of scientific data or analysis is always a serious matter.”

― Ed Markey

“Anything that can unambiguously represent two values – while resisting, just a wee bit, randomly flipping from the state you want retained into the opposite state – can encode binary data.”

― Edward M. Lerner

“Patients are empowered by having better access to their own health information, and then by owning their own data.”

― Elizabeth Holmes

“Early in my career, I was disappointed that psychoanalysis was not becoming more empirical, was not becoming more scientific. It was primarily concerned with individual patients. It wasn’t trying to collect data from large groups of people who have been analyzed.”

― Eric Kandel

“As a Facebook user, do I have control of the data Facebook keeps about me? Concretely: can I examine and modify that data using tools of my choosing which are built for my needs?”

― Eric S. Raymond

“Does Facebook act as though I own my online life, or as though it does? Concretely: Can I control what data it shares with other users, with advertisers, and with business partners?”

― Eric S. Raymond

“Thieves sell to unscrupulous merchants who pay hundreds of dollars for phones – no questions asked – and then ‘jailbreak’ them. They unlock the units, erase their data, reprogram them, and put them up for resale.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Not only can consumers handle their personal genetic information, but they are getting genomically oriented and anchored about such data.”

― Eric Topol

“We’re rapidly entering a world where everything can be monitored and measured. But the big problem is going to be the ability of humans to use, analyze and make sense of the data.”

― Erik Brynjolfsson

“What you get is what you see, which is suspending kids doesn’t lead to high attrition rate. That is what the data shows.”

― Eva Moskowitz

“In China, Internet surveillance has already become a profitable industry. In fact, a growing number of private firms eagerly assist the local police by aggregating this data and presenting it in easy-to-browse formats, allowing humans to pursue more analytical tasks.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“Truly smart technologies will remind us that we are not mere automatons who assist big data in asking and answering questions.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“As befits Silicon Valley, ‘big data’ is mostly big hype, but there is one possibility with genuine potential: that it might one day bring loans – and credit histories – to millions of people who currently lack access to them.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“If I’m sitting around exulting over traffic data, I’m an idiot.”

― Ezra Klein

“To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“There is very strong historical data that suggests the way societies grow is by making large, long-term investments.”

― Fareed Zakaria

“I consider the pixel data in images and video to be the dark matter of the Internet.”

― Fei-Fei Li

“The UK has a poor investment record. According to IMF data, we have come seventh out of the top seven industrialised countries since 1999.”

― Frances O’Grady

“As a scientist, you’re not supposed to make decisions without the data.”

― Francis Collins

“Attempts have been made from a study of the changes produced by mutation to obtain the relative order of the bases within various triplets, but my own view is that these are premature until there is more extensive and more reliable data on the composition of the triplets.”

― Francis Crick

“If the area were on or near the U.S. continental shelf, such data could well provide an enemy with strategically invaluable insights into undersea access routes that could be used to attack some of the millions of Americans who live on or near our coasts.”

― Frank Gaffney

“AIs are only as good as the data they are trained on. And while many of the tech giants working on AI, like Google and Facebook, have open-sourced some of their algorithms, they hold back most of their data.”

― Fred Ehrsam

“To create an open protocol which helps coordinate resources towards a common goal, the resources need to be known at some level in the same way a lot of of data on the web needs to be public for it to be traversable and useful.”

― Fred Ehrsam

“AIs trained on open data are more likely to be neutral and trustworthy instead of biased by the interests of the corporation who created and trained them.”

― Fred Ehrsam

“The Internet had a core innovation that made it valuable: The ability to disseminate data over a distributed network in a way that was significantly cheaper than the prior methods.”

― Fred Ehrsam

“AIs are only as good as the data they are trained on.”

― Fred Ehrsam

“I don’t see the logic of rejecting data just because they seem incredible.”

― Fred Hoyle

“The long-term value proposition for cellphone companies isn’t just voice conversation – it’s transfer of data.”

― Gary Kovacs

“People are saying, ‘Big Data is the new oil.’”

― Gary Wolf

“I am completely obsessed with numbers and data. I have become a scientist in later life.”

― Geena Davis

“The once-science-fiction notion of hyper-connectivity – where we are all constantly connected to social networks and other bubbling streams of digital data – has rapidly become a widespread reality.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“All you need is lots and lots of data and lots of information about what the right answer is, and you’ll be able to train a big neural net to do what you want.”

― Geoffrey Hinton

“I have a Reagan-like ability to believe in my own data.”

― Geoffrey Hinton

“The paradigm of physics – with its interplay of data, theory and prediction – is the most powerful in science.”

― Geoffrey West

“Take the situation of a scientist solving a problem, where he has certain data, which call for certain responses. Some of this set of data call for his applying such and such a law, while others call for another law.”

― George Herbert Mead

“Before Google, and long before Facebook, Bezos had realized that the greatest value of an online company lay in the consumer data it collected.”

― George Packer

“Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist.”

― George V. Higgins

“If you exchange information internationally, you must strengthen data protection. Those are two sides of the same coin.”

― Gijs de Vries

“We share no data with the government anywhere in the world.”

― Ginni Rometty

“Monetary policy should remain data dependent, be well communicated, and ensure that inflation expectations remain anchored.”

― Gita Gopinath

“Government and businesses cannot function without enormous amounts of data, and many people have to have access to that data.”

― Glenn Greenwald

“To learn something from your data, the forming of a hypothesis lies with the human being, which turns into a query, which becomes a result. The problem is that there are too many queries to make, too many questions to ask.”

― Gurjeet Singh

“We don’t use the term ‘big data’ – not on our website, not with customers. Saying it sets up expectations, the wrong expectations.”

― Gurjeet Singh

“Technologies like Ayasdi’s exist now to automatically discover information from data without having someone making guesses up front.”

― Gurjeet Singh

“Every company today is a data company whether they realize it or not.”

― Gurjeet Singh

“The world is looking for big data scientists, and there just aren’t enough to go around.”

― Gurjeet Singh

“Data is cost. It takes money to create data, store it, clean it, and throw resources at it to learn anything from it.”

― Gurjeet Singh

“My mission is to bring the power of big data insights and analytics to every company.”

― Gurjeet Singh

“I’m a bit of a freak for evidence-based analysis. I strongly believe in data.”

― Gus O’Donnell

“In general, certain conclusions are possible from these data. They fail to prove that psychotherapy, Freudian or otherwise, facilitates the recovery of neurotic patients.”

― Hans Eysenck

“Data allow your political judgments to be based on fact, to the extent that numbers describe realities.”

― Hans Rosling

“’Data scientist,’ as a profession, is largely a fad.”

― Harper Reed

“Data is what powers all of us and our lives. It is ubiquitous among our now-connected lives. I love how it is now the oxygen of our Internet world.”

― Harper Reed

“Information agencies operate in an industry that values data. Restricted access to information is what makes it valuable.”

― Hasan M. Elahi

“There are corporate private investigators, companies doing very forensic background checks on people. They buy data, they get their own data… They don’t want their industry publicised.”

― Heather Brooke

“CCTV is seen either as a symbol of Orwellian dystopia or a technology that will lead to crime-free streets and civil behaviour. While arguments continue, there is very little solid data in the public domain about the costs, quantity and effectiveness of surveillance.”

― Heather Brooke

“Being insignificant statistically doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong. It just means you don’t have enough data to show yes or no.”

― Heidi Hammel

“There is more and more data indicating that there is a biological basis to your political views.”

― Helen Fisher

“When science and the Bible differ, science has obviously misinterpreted its data.”

― Henry M. Morris

“It turns out it’s important to build a product and not just a bunch of data models.”

― Hilary Mason

“The core advantage of data is that it tells you something about the world that you didn’t know before.”

― Hilary Mason

“Companies that rely on licensing a proprietary dataset should expect to be outpaced by competitors using modern data collection techniques and more frequent updates and greater accuracy.”

― Hilary Mason

“Data science is the combination of analytics and the development of new algorithms.”

― Hilary Mason

“The job of the data scientist is to ask the right questions.”

― Hilary Mason

“Data science requires having that cultural space to experiment and work on things that might fail.”

― Hilary Mason

“I’m very lucky to work at bitly, with a data set that allows us to explore human social behavior at the scale of human social behavior.”

― Hilary Mason

“I hope that, in the future, data is used to empower people and not just for marketing purposes.”

― Hilary Mason

“I think we need more ambition about using our data to make our lives better.”

― Hilary Mason

“Data is a tool for enhancing intuition.”

― Hilary Mason

“Data drives success. That is how we began our success with eSpeed. It was always based on the data.”

― Howard Lutnick

“The human genome contains so much data that, it has been calculated, it would fill 43 volumes of Webster’s International Dictionary.”

― Iain McGilchrist

“One problem I have with drug companies is that they don’t make all their data public.”

― Irving Kirsch

“Biographical data, even those recorded in the public registers, are the most private things one has, and to declare them openly is rather like facing a psychoanalyst.”

― Italo Calvino

“For decades, scholars have studied the ways in which implicit biases affect how we perceive other people in this multiethnic society of ours. The data consistently shows that about 90 percent of us possess some implicit prejudices – and, unsurprisingly, people typically favor their own group.”

― J. D. Vance

“Startling, and alarming to many, is the conclusion that follows from these data that if all people were treated the same, most average race differences would not disappear.”

― J. Philippe Rushton

“The interesting thing about blockchain is that it has made it possible for humanity to reach a consensus about a piece of data without having any authority to dictate it.”

― Jaan Tallinn

“GIS is being influenced by and integrating with all kinds of new innovations such as faster computing, big data, the cloud, smart devices, and distributed processing.”

― Jack Dangermond

“Our intention and aspiration is to continue building out thematic information about every subject – basemaps, imagery, demographics, landscape data, etc. – so anyone can use it to access thousands of authoritative maps.”

― Jack Dangermond

“Asia is changing, and China is changing. The ‘Post’ will have great opportunities. With its access to Alibaba’s resources, data, and all the relationships in our ecosystem, the ‘Post’ can report on Asia and China more accurately compared with other media that have no such access.”

― Jack Ma

“There is no longer any anonymity on the Web – unless we mandate it. The most personal information about your online habits is collected, bought and sold, often instantaneously and invisibly. Data collection is a business driven by profits at consumers’ expense.”

― Jackie Speier

“It is clear from all these data that the interests of teenagers are not focused around studies, and that scholastic achievement is at most of minor importance in giving status or prestige to an adolescent in the eyes of other adolescents.”

― James S. Coleman

“Users get unlimited ‘WhatsApp’. We get happy users who don’t have to worry about data. Carriers get people willing to sign up for data plans.”

― Jan Koum

“Data indicate that taxpayers may be paying their public servants more than a little too much.”

― Jason Chaffetz

“The Industrial Revolution was about making physical things. Many of the manufactured goods that were once tangible objects have now been reduced to bits and bytes of data.”

― Jay Samit

“We have 35 different criteria when deciding on the location of a data centre. Tax is one of them.”

― Jean-Philippe Courtois

“The National Tracing Center is not allowed to have centralized computer data.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“To understand how quickly we’re cooking the planet, we need good data. To have good data, we need good satellites.”

― Jeff Goodell

“You and I are streaming data engines.”

― Jeff Hawkins

“Graphics has lately made a great shift towards machine learning, which itself is about understanding data.”

― Jefferson Han

“A lot of data, whether it’s imagery or other kinds of things, work really well when it’s geographically laid out. I’m talking about imagery, statistics, incidents and other things that happen around the globe.”

― Jefferson Han

“Put simply, if an interface is poorly designed, I will not see the data I looked for, even if it is right there on the page.”

― Jeffrey Zeldman

“Our ability to do great things with data will make a real difference in every aspect of our lives.”

― Jennifer Pahlka

“Yelp is in a very nice spot: local data, and especially review data, is one of the killer apps on mobile phones.”

― Jeremy Stoppelman

“On mobile, what are the core apps? It’s basically messaging, mapping and review data.”

― Jeremy Stoppelman

“Mobile devices, high-speed data communication, and online commerce are creating expectations that convenient, secure, real-time payment and banking capabilities should be available whenever and wherever they are needed.”

― Jerome Powell

“The banking industry has traditionally been characterized by physical branches, privileged access to financial data, and distinct expertise in analyzing such data.”

― Jerome Powell

“With customers’ permission, fintech firms have increasingly turned to data aggregators to ‘screen scrape’ information from financial accounts. In such cases, data aggregators collect and store online banking logins and passwords provided by the bank’s customers and use them to log directly into the customer’s banking account.”

― Jerome Powell

“There’s definitely a huge opportunity for businesses to transform their operations and decision making by using data.”

― Jerry Yang

“Any enterprise that is serious about experiencing the power of Big Data in real-time should be looking at DataTorrent.”

― Jerry Yang

“Applying smarter IT to genomic data may offer the potential to cure many types of cancer and other diseases.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“The Pentagon should use data to guide financial decision-making.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“The EPA’s climate change regulations are based on compromised scientific reports and heavily flawed data.”

― John Barrasso

“Facebook’s data trove is enviable, and its moves into nearly every aspect of our lives – from payment to media, will create even more of it. The company also has created a huge base of developers for its platform, but the ecosystem is incomplete compared to vertically integrated OSes like iOS, Mac or Windows.”

― John Battelle

“Google+ was, to my mind, all about creating a first-party data connection between Google most important services – search, mail, YouTube, Android/Play, and apps.”

― John Battelle

“I never really understood the idea that nonfiction ought to be this dispensary of data that we have at the moment.”

― John D’Agata

“I’m kind of fascinated by this idea that we can surround ourselves with information: we can just pile up data after data after data and arm ourselves with facts and yet still not be able to answer the questions that we have.”

― John D’Agata

“If done correctly, dynamic scoring will provide a more complete picture of Congress’s actions. This is exactly the type of modeling the private sector uses, and advances in data collection and analysis create an opportunity for it to be employed accurately.”

― John Delaney

“I’m not for the mass collection of data. I go the other way.”

― John F. Kelly

“I do put my questions in terms of the sharpest polarities of the issue. But I don’t want a preponderance of opinion over factual data.”

― John J. McLaughlin

“A hacker is someone who uses a combination of high-tech cybertools and social engineering to gain illicit access to someone else’s data.”

― John McAfee

“Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.”

― John Naisbitt

“Uncontrolled access to data, with no audit trail of activity and no oversight would be going too far. This applies to both commercial and government use of data about people.”

― John Poindexter

“TIA was being used by real users, working on real data – foreign data. Data where privacy is not an issue.”

― John Poindexter

“Search engines generally treat personal names as search terms like any others: Data is data.”

― Jonathan Zittrain

“If you entrust your data to others, they can let you down or outright betray you.”

― Jonathan Zittrain

“Whether or not I like a piece of data has very little bearing on whether or not I am likely to accept it.”

― Jordan Peterson

“Big data in education has huge potential to improve learning materials.”

― Jose Ferreira

“Data adds concrete information to a teacher’s observations and intuition, but it will never replace experience, personal relationships, and cultural understanding.”

― Jose Ferreira

“A worldwide web of electronic connections now moves data at ever-increasing speed and volume along what we call the information superhighway.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“People treat citizens like they’re some kind of unreliable source, but citizens are data. They are a data set.”

― Josh Fox

“The purpose of the Filecoin currency is to create a fungible token that can be spent to hire the miner network to store files. The first and foremost use of the currency is precisely this: locking it up as a reward to miners who successfully store data on the network.”

― Juan Benet

“It would be a matter of concern for government if intrusive data capture has been deployed against Indian citizens or government infrastructure.”

― Kapil Sibal

“With big data comes big responsibilities.”

― Kate Crawford

“Big Data is neither color-blind nor gender-blind. We can see how it is used in marketing to segment people.”

― Kate Crawford

“Data is something we create, but it’s also something we imagine.”

― Kate Crawford

“We need a sweeping debate about ethics, boundaries, and regulation for location data technologies.”

― Kate Crawford

“While many big-data providers do their best to de-identify individuals from human-subject data sets, the risk of re-identification is very real.”

― Kate Crawford

“Data will always bear the marks of its history. That is human history held in those data sets.”

― Kate Crawford

“When dealing with data, scientists have often struggled to account for the risks and harms using it might inflict. One primary concern has been privacy – the disclosure of sensitive data about individuals, either directly to the public or indirectly from anonymised data sets through computational processes of re-identification.”

― Kate Crawford

“The fear isn’t that big data discriminates. We already know that it does. It’s that you don’t know if you’ve been discriminated against.”

― Kate Crawford

“We should always be suspicious when machine-learning systems are described as free from bias if it’s been trained on human-generated data. Our biases are built into that training data.”

― Kate Crawford

“Big data sets are never complete.”

― Kate Crawford

“There’s a digital revolution taking place both in and out of government in favor of open-sourced data, innovation, and collaboration.”

― Kathleen Sebelius

“’Personalization’ is a popular word in retail, and people often misuse it to describe simple marketing tactics, like segmenting emails or using big data to identify the likely gender of a visitor to their websites.”

― Katrina Lake

“I wanted to separate data from programs, because data and instructions are very different.”

― Ken Thompson

“There’s a lot of power in executing data – generating data and executing data.”

― Ken Thompson

“Back in the ’60s and ’70s, data were scarce, and while analysts knew that companies with fat gross margins lagged those with thin gross margins early in bull markets – and overachieved in the later phases – they couldn’t do much about it.”

― Kenneth Fisher

“A hacker doesn’t deliberately destroy data or profit from his activities.”

― Kevin Mitnick

“Oracle, for example, has even hired people to dumpster dive for information about its competitor, Microsoft. It’s not even illegal, because trash isn’t covered by data secrecy laws.”

― Kevin Mitnick

“Back up everything! You are not invulnerable. Catastrophic data loss can happen to you – one worm or Trojan is all it takes.”

― Kevin Mitnick

“Data is the new oil.”

― Kevin Plank

“Creating more direct relationships with consumers, utilizing the resulting data and insights, is increasingly more valuable – and an evolution of the traditional competency of ad-supported television networks.”

― Kevin Reilly

“While data can only tell you what has happened in the past, it can in some ways give you a sense of what might be of interest to an audience in the future.”

― Kevin Spacey

“In 2010 – after raising capital to launch Forerunner Ventures – we aimed to invest in companies targeting digitally savvy customers looking to be delighted by experiences and founded by visionary leaders committed to leveraging data and quantifying the results.”

― Kirsten Green

“The thing that sucks is that there’s so much false data because people are in mystery as to what Scientology is, so they just kind of make up stuff.”

― Laura Prepon

“According to Breitbart, data from the Federal Election Commission show that Facebook staff gave $114,000 to Hillary Clinton. The next-closest recipient of political money was former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. He only got $16,604.”

― Lawrence Kudlow

“While the creative works from the 16th century can still be accessed and used by others, the data in some software programs from the 1990s is already inaccessible.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.”

― Learned Hand

“The U.S has acquired reservoirs of goodwill around the globe over many years. But it is clear – from polling data and ample anecdotal evidence – that America is losing its allure in much of the world.”

― Lee H. Hamilton

“When judging a product, we rarely have exhaustive scientific data to go by. As a result, if we are to form a complete picture, we must fill in the blanks, just as we must in our visual perception.”

― Leonard Mlodinow

“Some 43 percent of voters in union households voted for President Bush in 2004, according to exit poll data.”

― Linda Chavez

“At the global level, there are a growing number of city-based bike-sharing programs that take advantage of mobile devices to reserve your bike, keep track of it, and collect data that helps to improve the service.”

― Lisa Gansky

“It’s a day-one expectation that when you buy a processor, it’s not going to leak your data.”

― Lisa Su

“According to the Privacy Rights Center, up to 10 million Americans are victims of ID theft each year. They have a right to be notified when their most sensitive health data is stolen.”

― Luis Gutierrez

“Snowden was extremely good at digital self-defense. When he was employed by the C.I.A. and N.S.A., one of his jobs was to teach U.S. national security officials and C.I.A. employees how to protect their data in high-threat digital environments.”

― Luke Harding

“The whole concept of data science is that the software becomes the expert, and you, as the average user, are able to understand what’s going on.”

― Marc Benioff

“Democrats did not lose control of the Senate because African Americans did not vote. Actually, as supported by preliminary exit poll data, the complete opposite is the case. African Americans increased as a proportion of the electorate in 2014 over 2010.”

― Marcia Fudge

“It is very important, to have a robust digital economy, that the citizens regain the trust in how their data are being processed and who can access them.”

― Margrethe Vestager

“The amount of data and analysis available for free is a true example of information explosion has leveled the playing field for individual investors.”

― Maria Bartiromo

“While it’s wonderful that investors have access to all the data now available to them, it has become a full-time job to sift through it and separate out the valuable news from the useless noise.”

― Maria Bartiromo

“With data collection, ‘The sooner the better’ is always the best answer.”

― Marissa Mayer

“We don’t sell data; we don’t allow anyone to sell data.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“I clearly say yes to Big Data, yes to greater security and convenience, but no to paternalism and Big Brother.’”

― Martin Winterkorn

“In 2011, mobile data traffic in the United States was eight times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000. That’s traffic.”

― Marvin Ammori

“The data, however, do indicate that Christians who see Jews through a 17th-century lens, believing that most are thoroughly religious, are thoroughly wrong.”

― Marvin Olasky

“Theories come and go, but fundamental data always remain the same.”

― Mary Leakey

“My central thesis is that combining increased temporal and spatial resolution in MRI techniques with increasingly powerful data correlation techniques will allow the derivation of interpreted meanings from neural signals. I observed, further, that the techniques that exist already allow some correlations.”

― Mary Lou Jepsen

“Those who rule data will rule the entire world.”

― Masayoshi Son

“We’re called conspiracy theorists because we see this cabal right in front of us. We’re able to aggregate these data points and show what was really going on.”

― Matt Gaetz

“Quantcast combines powerful web analytics with easy-to-read charts and data.”

― Matt Mullenweg

“I think I’ve read all of W.E.B. Du Bois, which is a lot. He started off with comprehensive field work in Philadelphia, publishing a book in 1899 called ‘The Philadelphia Negro’. It was this wonderful combination of clear statistical data and ethnographic data.”

― Matthew Desmond

“National data on evictions aren’t collected, although national data on foreclosures are. And so if anyone wants to, kind of, get to know any statistical research about evictions, they have to really dig in the annals of legal records.”

― Matthew Desmond

“All science is based on models, and every scientific model comprises three distinct stages: statement of well-defined hypotheses; deduction of all the consequences of these hypotheses, and nothing but these consequences; confrontation of these consequences with observed data.”

― Maurice Allais

“The world is now awash in data and we can see consumers in a lot clearer ways.”

― Max Levchin

“Even the best data security systems can’t protect private taxpayer information from entrepreneurial foreign businesses than can make huge profits selling U.S. taxpayer information.”

― Melissa Bean

“I had some of the students in my finance class actually do some empirical work on capital structures, to see if we could find any obvious patterns in the data, but we couldn’t see any.”

― Merton Miller

“I’m worried about privacy – the companies out there gathering data on us, the stuff we do on Twitter, the publicly scrapeable stuff on Facebook. It’s amazing how much data there is out there on us. I’m worried that it can be abused and will be abused.”

― Michael Arrington

“Facebook is by far the largest of these social networking sites, and starting with its ill-fated Beacon service, privacy concerns have more than once been raised about how the ubiquitous social networking site handles its user data.”

― Michael Bennet

“Dell will participate in tablets and all sorts of client devices. Our main business is helping our customers secure, protect their data and access it from any device they want to.”

― Michael Dell

“Empirical and observational data along with a healthy dash of intuition often have to be combined as business owners begin to look outward, not inward, at what solutions they can provide to their customers.”

― Michael Gerber

“Nobody has really grasped yet the great wealth that can be made selling data over the Web. There are 100 million potential customers out there.”

― Michael J. Saylor

“We should be careful not to vilify encryption itself, which is essential for privacy, data security, and global commerce.”

― Michael McCaul

“Despite the value of open data, most labs make no systematic effort to share data with other scientists.”

― Michael Nielsen

“I hold that the propositions embodied in natural science are not derived by any definite rule from the data of experience, and that they can neither be verified nor falsified by experience according to any definite rule.”

― Michael Polanyi

“Being deeply knowledgeable on one subject narrows one’s focus and increases confidence, but it also blurs dissenting views until they are no longer visible, thereby transforming data collection into bias confirmation and morphing self-deception into self-assurance.”

― Michael Shermer

“With a hundred and seventy-eight machines to sequence the precise order of the billions of chemicals within a molecule of DNA, B.G.I. produces at least a quarter of the world’s genomic data – more than Harvard University, the National Institutes of Health, or any other scientific institution.”

― Michael Specter

“If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps.”

― Michele Bachmann

“The scanning of barcodes, or the reading of RFID transponders, generates data that is used in a software package to provide management or control information.”

― Mike Marsh

“Anybody who is familiar with the historical data from the IRS knows that raising income tax rates will likely actually reduce federal revenues.”

― Mike Pence

“Liberty Through Strength II is simply aimed at retaining data that was already available. It has already been collected lawfully.”

― Mike Pompeo

“Now is the time for Afro-realism: for sound policies based on honest data, aimed at delivering results.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“People used to be unhappy that files and data of Aramco are undeclared, unclear, and not transparent.”

― Mohammad bin Salman

“In economics, it is easier to agree on the data than to agree on causality.”

― Moshe Vardi

“Declines in specific industries can never ignite a general depression. Shifts in data will cause increases in activity in one field, declines in another.”

― Murray Rothbard

“Praxeology – economics – provides no ultimate ethical judgments: it simply furnishes the indispensable data necessary to make such judgments.”

― Murray Rothbard

“I am what we call a ‘karma yogi’ in Sanskrit. A karma yogi is somebody who believes in data. I collect a lot of data.”

― N. R. Narayana Murthy

“In baseball you have terrific data and you can be a lot more creative with it.”

― Nate Silver

“Every day, three times per second, we produce the equivalent of the amount of data that the Library of Congress has in its entire print collection, right? But most of it is like cat videos on YouTube or 13-year-olds exchanging text messages about the next Twilight movie.”

― Nate Silver

“When human judgment and big data intersect there are some funny things that happen.”

― Nate Silver

“On average, people should be more skeptical when they see numbers. They should be more willing to play around with the data themselves.”

― Nate Silver

“I eventually think its going to be the consumer who controls his own data.”

― Naveen Tewari

“Without a national ID and the ability to create true data that can be be safely and securely sent between individuals, we are going to introduce new systemic risk back into the system.”

― Neal Patterson

“If you’re a scientist, and you have to have an answer, even in the absence of data, you’re not going to be a good scientist.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“We’ve managed to motion-track the silkworm’s movement as it is building its cocoon. Our aim was to translate the motion-capture data into a 3D printer connected to a robotic arm in order to study the biological structure in larger scales.”

― Neri Oxman

“We tend to assume that data is either private or public, either owned by one person or shared by many. In fact there’s more to it than that, above and beyond the upsetting reality that private data is now anything but.”

― Nick Harkaway

“Our pride is tied up in being right. We tend to favor data that confirm our beliefs, so we don’t see alternatives. Too often, leaders practice defense routines that become self-reinforcing.”

― Nina Easton

“We originally started AdNectar to serve brand advertisers, but we’ve now found that our publishers are greatly benefiting from integrating our system. In addition to a new revenue source and the data our API provides, it turns out users actually prefer branded over generic virtual items.”

― Nir Eyal

“Our original plan when we founded Waze was to sell the data, and we could keep it ad-free that way.”

― Noam Bardin

“We discovered that there are actually fewer companies actually buying data.”

― Noam Bardin

“Basically we’ve taken our data and packaged it for TV station, and in return, they use us on air, and we get distribution.”

― Noam Bardin

“I don’t want to become a rhetorical speaker. My effectiveness is mastering all of the data and being able to respond.”

― Norman Finkelstein

“The weaker the data available upon which to base one’s conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity.”

― Norman Ralph Augustine

“If the Numerai fund performs well, that should lead to more assets under management, which should lead to more revenue for Numerai’s general partner, which should lead to higher payouts for the data scientists, which implies a higher Numeraire valuation.”

― Olaf Carlson-Wee

“Our ubiquitous mobile access has made time and location important data points in how businesses can now be built and managed.”

― Om Malik

“By now, we all know that our every move online can be tracked and traced, and that, ideally, services learn from and adapt to customers based on an artful deployment of that data.”

― Om Malik

“I like to say I’ve been working on big data for so long, it used to be small data when I started working on it.”

― Oren Etzioni

“When there are hiring decisions and promotion decisions to be made, people are hungry for data.”

― Oren Etzioni

“The library, with its Daedalian labyrinth, mysterious hush, and faintly ominous aroma of knowledge, has been replaced by the computer’s cheap glow, pesky chirp, and data spillage.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I say I write extrapolations. I look at data points and ask what the world could look like.”

― Paolo Bacigalupi

“There’s a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth.”

― Paul Broun

“We need new, dynamic models for growth through the sharing economy, using big data to unlock new insights and adopting closed-loop cycles.”

― Paul Polman

“It’s OK when something doesn’t work. It gives you another data point when things do work.”

― Payal Kadakia

“As we’ve got more data, and ClassPass has grown, we’ve had to change rather than have a one-size fits all approach.”

― Payal Kadakia

“We want to ensure that as a user is moving through their world, their data is following them in an appropriate manner.”

― Peggy Johnson

“The law provides a remedy, charging those who threaten a victim’s data for the purpose of extortion. Extending criminal liability to innocent third-party digital currency exchangers, or any other third-party financial institution, would be an utterly unwarranted and unjust misinterpretation both of law and policy.”

― Perianne Boring

“As a consultant at McKinsey, I learned the value of data and the ability to shape that information into an answer.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“In Yemen, the United States conducted more drone strikes in 2016 than any year except 2012, the peak of the campaign in the country, according to data collected by New America.”

― Peter Bergen

“Drones watch for disease and collect real-time data on crop health and yields.”

― Peter Diamandis

“The fact is that data are worth a lot of money.”

― Peter Diamandis

“I collect a lot of data. We all do.”

― Peter Diamandis

“As we become so visible in the digital world and leave an endless trail of data behind us, exactly who has our data and what they do with it becomes increasingly important.”

― Peter Gabriel

“Sometimes, in a fictional story, you can be more honest and truthful, actually. As a journalist, you’re a prisoner of the data, in effect. You have to tell the story with evidence you can verify.”

― Peter Landesman

“A self-driving car will have 200-plus CPUs. That’s a data center on wheels.”

― Peter Levine

“Most of ‘big data’ is a fraud because it is really ‘dumb data.’”

― Peter Thiel

“Digital companies can reach new customers immediately and at virtually zero marginal cost. They can compete in new sectors by collaborating with peers and competitors. They can massively improve quality and productivity by converging technologies and sources of data.”

― Pierre Nanterme

“We all have legitimate concerns over the way our personal data is used and stored and it is right that there are protections to stop the theft and manipulation of our private information.”

― Priti Patel

“Evidence-based reasoning underpins all scientific thinking, and it involves testing hypotheses or theories against data. Validating a theory requires replicable measurements from independent groups with different equipment and methods of analysis. Convergence of evidence is critical to the acceptance of a scientific idea.”

― Priyamvada Natarajan

“Without ‘Countdown,’ I’d probably still be a data analyst in London.”

― Rachel Riley

“You cannot prevent collisions if the data that can prevent them is still making its way through the network.”

― Rajeev Suri

“People are stunned to hear that one company has data files on 185 million Americans.”

― Ralph Nader

“Your emotions are very personal, as personal as your data gets.”

― Rana el Kaliouby

“There’s a large percentage of mobile phones that now have a camera that’s with you a lot of the time, and there’s a lot of interest around those cameras as a data collection mechanism.”

― Rana el Kaliouby

“We recognize that your emotional information is extremely personal. And so we have veered away from all use cases where that data is being collected without your consent.”

― Rana el Kaliouby

“People should have to opt in for any kind of data sharing, and they should know what the data is being used for.”

― Rana el Kaliouby

“Emotion AI uses massive amounts of data. In fact, Affectiva has built the world’s largest emotion data repository.”

― Rana el Kaliouby

“Opponents of civil liberties contend the NSA data collection has made our country more safe, but even the most vocal defenders of the program have failed to identify a single thwarted plot.”

― Rand Paul

“E-mail, when it became mobile – what happened? Utilization of email went through the roof. Just pure Internet access and data – what happens when you mobilize it? Multiples. People are dependent upon broadband and as you mobilize it, they become even more dependent on broadband.”

― Randall L. Stephenson

“As it turns out, American-made technology had helped Mubarak and his security state collect, compile, and parse vast amounts of data about everyday citizens.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“We need a data network that can easily carry voice, instead of what we have today, a voice network struggling to carry data.”

― Reed Hundt

“A movie like ‘Transcendence’ may be pertinent in its political reverberations of all computer data held in a cloud and monitored by the NSA, but it also rails against the tools its makers so artfully employ.”

― Richard Corliss

“Facebook collects a lot of data from people and admits it. And it also collects data which isn’t admitted. And Google does too. As for Microsoft, I don’t know. But I do know that Windows has features that send data about the user.”

― Richard Stallman

“Here is a guiding principle: If a business collects data on consumers electronically, it should provide them with a version of that data that is easy to download and export to another Web site.”

― Richard Thaler

“You can’t talk about big data without talking about things like privacy and ownership.”

― Rick Smolan

“There are a number of fascinating stories included in ‘The Human Face of Big Data’ that represent some of the most innovative applications of data that are shaping our future.”

― Rick Smolan

“Big Data is just that – big. But, it’s a term that is largely misunderstood and difficult to explain.”

― Rick Smolan

“The people who are thinking most about big data right now are corporations and governments.”

― Rick Smolan

“As individuals, we have very little say about how our data is being used. I’m not worried about the privacy implications of it so much. But it seems to me that, as an individual, if I’m the one generating the data, I should have some kind of say in how it’s going to be used.”

― Rick Smolan

“The world that our children living in is going to be completely different because of big data.”

― Rick Smolan

“They’re trying to put data centers in cold environments because they’re actually generating so much heat now; they’re using up so much electricity.”

― Rick Smolan

“How do you photograph data?”

― Rick Smolan

“We’re in this period where we’re getting good data rates. I would say we’re getting data rates that are like the data rates we got when we launched RealAudio in 1995.”

― Rob Glaser

“To write a kernel without a data structure and have it be as consistent and graceful as UNIX would have been a much, much harder challenge.”

― Rob Pike

“When you analyze all the data, there is a warming trend according to science. But the jury is out on the degree of how much is manmade.”

― Rob Portman

“Digital data are more fragile than printed material.”

― Robert Darnton

“Some of the best theorizing comes after collecting data because then you become aware of another reality.”

― Robert J. Shiller

“The key to a solid foundation in data structures and algorithms is not an exhaustive survey of every conceivable data structure and its subforms, with memorization of each’s Big-O value and amortized cost.”

― Robert Love

“I didn’t realize it at first, but the Doctor is in the same spirit as those natural ‘outsider’ characters ‘Star Trek’ series have, like Spock and Data.”

― Robert Picardo

“What’s really going on is, on your iPhone, you have 200 apps, and they’re all collecting a little data on you. Twitter knows a certain thing, Foursquare knows something else, my Fitbit app knows something else, my Waze app knows something else.”

― Robert Scoble

“As many will remember, a respected Army Corps economist filed a whistleblower complaint about the Corps’ use of faulty data to justify lock and dam expansion.”

― Ron Kind

“I used to collect computer punch cards from the data centers.”

― Ross Perot, Jr.

“The most valuable thing you can have as a leader is clear data.”

― Ruth Porat

“Social media has given companies access to unprecedented amounts of information on client behavior and preferences – so-called Big Data. But making sense of it all and turning it into actionable policy has been elusive.”

― Ryan Holmes

“In the future, I think movies are going to be more of data sets that viewers have a hand in controlling – where the narrative originates and what happens to the content.”

― Ryan Trecartin

“First of all, we have infrastructure as a service, which Amazon has; we have platform as a service, which Microsoft has; we have software as a service; we have applications. Nobody has everything except us. We also have data as a service.”

― Safra A. Catz

“What we did is we used NASA topography data to map out the landscape, very subtle changes. We started to be able to see where the Nile used to flow.”

― Sarah Parcak

“Everything is going to be connected to cloud and data… All of this will be mediated by software.”

― Satya Nadella

“We are going to completely change what it means to do advanced analytics with our data solutions. We have machine-learning stuff that is about really bringing advanced analytics and statistical machine learning into data-science departments everywhere.”

― Satya Nadella

“Making more sense out of my data, my needs, my tasks – to me, that’s the future of Office.”

― Satya Nadella

“I’d aspired to give people a profound education – to teach them something substantial. But the data was at odds with this idea.”

― Sebastian Thrun

“Outside the U.S., most data plans have a data limit.”

― Sebastian Thrun

“I was interested in data mining, which means analyzing large amounts of data, discovering patterns and trends. At the same time, Larry started downloading the Web, which turns out to be the most interesting data you can possibly mine.”

― Sergey Brin

“I voted in support of H.R. 5192, which seeks to curb identity fraud by requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to develop a database that financial institutions can use to compare their consumer data against SSA records.”

― Seth Moulton

“Good policy is grounded in a robust set of facts and data.”

― Seth Moulton

“Data from orbiting telescopes like NASA’s Kepler Mission hint that the tally of habitable planets in our galaxy is many billion. If E.T.’s not out there, then Earth is more than merely special – it’s some sort of miracle.”

― Seth Shostak

“While it may be disappointing, I have to confess to people who ask for my insights on the meaning of it all that astronomy doesn’t provide any clearly useful data on matters of sin and souls.”

― Seth Shostak

“Researchers should always consider ethical concerns on scientific research and disclose their data to the public. Scientists also need to discuss issues surrounding their research with those who are concerned.”

― Shinya Yamanaka

“The materialistic paradigm of Western science has been a major obstacle for any objective evaluation of the data describing the events occurring at the time of death.”

― Stanislav Grof

“Concepts are vindicated by the constant accrual of data and independent verification of data. No prize, not even a Nobel Prize, can make something true that is not true.”

― Stanley B. Prusiner

“When you live in a networked environment, it’s possible to separate data from applications.”

― Stephen Cambone

“There is a reasonable concern that posting raw data can be misleading for those who are not trained in its use and who do not have the broader perspective within which to place a particular piece of data that is raw.”

― Stephen Cambone

“Statistics on religious affiliation are notoriously slippery: the government isn’t allowed to gather such data, and the membership claims of religious organizations aren’t entirely reliable.”

― Stephen J. Dubner

“The data are what matter in economics, and the more ruthlessness that an economist can summon to make sense of the data, the more useful his findings will be.”

― Stephen J. Dubner

“We’re guided by consumer data, and it helps give us the confidence to invest where the consumer is going.”

― Steve Easterbrook

“When I started out as an equity analyst, we had no securitization data. We relied on company data.”

― Steve Eisman

“People are very interested in having access to wireless data while they are on a plane.”

― Steve Largent

“What’s encouraging is that the early new platforms – Kindle and iPad – are clearly leading to people buying more books. The data is in on that.”

― Steven Johnson

“Data, I think, is one of the most powerful mechanisms for telling stories. I take a huge pile of data and I try to get it to tell stories.”

― Steven Levitt

“Go out and collect data and, instead of having the answer, just look at the data and see if the data tells you anything. When we’re allowed to do this with companies, it’s almost magical.”

― Steven Levitt

“I related to the whole hippie, acid-test confluence of the early Internet. The idea that we should be open and interoperate with our data resonated with me.”

― Stewart Butterfield

“We can inform decisions when we look at data points on retention rates with your first hundred users, when we look at things like survey responses from your first hundred users.”

― Sunil Nagaraj

“From aerial robotics to big data analytics, technology presents the opportunity to expedite and magnify the impact of humanitarian relief efforts through greater efficiency and responsiveness: reaching more people, sooner, more cost-effectively, and saving more lives.”

― Tae Yoo

“ICT careers are becoming more complex as a result of the digital revolution, where smarter connections are being made between people, processes, data, and things.”

― Tae Yoo

“When we harness the ability to turn connections into data and then into knowledge, we can empower citizens, patients, and professionals to prevent disease, avoid or better manage health crises, and even save lives.”

― Tae Yoo

“Our understanding of the human brain can be dramatically accelerated if we collect and share research data on an exponentially wider scale.”

― Tan Le

“Back in 2010, it didn’t matter when it was only Cuban democrats, Zimbabwean dissidents, Afghan reformists and Russian bloggers whose lives and liberty were put at risk by Wikileaks’ wilfully negligent data dumps.”

― Terry Glavin

“In 1988, federal data showed a modest China-trade surplus of $1.6 billion in Canada’s favour.”

― Terry Glavin

“I read so much data. There’s so much information that comes my way. And there’s got to be a way for me to delegate more.”

― Terry J. Lundgren

“Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.”

― Tim Berners-Lee

“It’s difficult to imagine the power that you’re going to have when so many different sorts of data are available.”

― Tim Berners-Lee

“Any enterprise CEO really ought to be able to ask a question that involves connecting data across the organization, be able to run a company effectively, and especially to be able to respond to unexpected events. Most organizations are missing this ability to connect all the data together.”

― Tim Berners-Lee

“One of the issues of social networking silos is that they have the data and I don’t.”

― Tim Berners-Lee

“If someone’s criticism is completely unfounded on data, then I don’t want to hear it. It doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.”

― Tim Ferriss

“Amazon is now the definitive source for data about whole sets of products – fungible consumer products. EBay is the authoritative source for the secondary market of those products. Google is the authority for information about facts, but they’re relatively undifferentiated.”

― Tim O’Reilly

“The policy issue is this: the TSA should focus less on big data commercial background checks of passengers, which have proven unpopular and unreliable, and more time on securing flights by screening passengers for weapons and explosives.”

― Tom Bossert

“The use of encrypted communication and data storage to shield terrorist coordination from intelligence and law-enforcement authorities is known as ‘going dark.’”

― Tom Cotton

“Big data knows and can deduce more about you than Big Brother ever could.”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“You need the right balance between data and gut feeling.”

― Toto Wolff

“If you are a plane-spotter, and you are interested in the history of a particular aircraft, you know there are many documents publicly available: registration papers and airworthiness certificates from the FAA. You can also get flight data from the FAA.”

― Trevor Paglen

“No observational problem will not be solved by more data.”

― Vera Rubin

“There has been a substitution of ideology for fact and scientific and engineering data in this administration.”

― Vint Cerf

“A smart contract is a mechanism involving digital assets and two or more parties, where some or all of the parties put assets in, and assets are automatically redistributed among those parties according to a formula based on certain data that is not known at the time the contract is initiated.”

― Vitalik Buterin

“Russia does not have in its possession any trustworthy data that supports the existence of nuclear weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we have not received any such information from our partners as yet.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Those who call me an opportunist are following the old rule: If you can’t attack the data, attack the person.”

― Warren Farrell

“It is generally believed that our science is empirical and that we draw our concepts and our mathematical constructs from the empirical data. If this were the whole truth, we should, when entering into a new field, introduce only such quantities as can directly be observed, and formulate natural laws only by means of these quantities.”

― Werner Heisenberg

“The implication that women are poised to make unfounded accusations in droves is even more alarming when every piece of data on false reporting contradicts that false notion. We need to believe women and believe in women.”

― Whitney Wolfe Herd

“In the blockchain world, each user can and should own their data, and ‘central’ players are less vulnerable to data losses and breaches.”

― William Mougayar

“In the increasingly digital world, data is a valuable currency, yet as consumers, we control and own little of it. As consumers, we must ask what big companies do with our data, a question directed to both the online and traditional ones.”

― William Mougayar

“You may have heard the world is made up of atoms and molecules, but it’s really made up of stories. When you sit with an individual that’s been here, you can give quantitative data a qualitative overlay.”

― William Turner

“Just as divine authority was legitimised by religious mythologies and human authority was legitimised by humanist ideologies, so high-tech gurus and Silicon Valley prophets are creating a new universal narrative that legitimises the authority of algorithms and Big Data.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“When a human being becomes a set of data on a website like Facebook, he or she is reduced. Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships. Language. Sensibility.”

― Zadie Smith

“It always makes me super nervous how many tech companies don’t have data ethicists.”

― Zoe Quinn
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