May 22, 2022

FT: “Trusted Data Will Transform the World”

From the Financial Times:

In his Alan Turing Institute lecture in London last week, the American computer scientist Sandy Pentland outlined the massive gains that could result from trusted data. The MIT professor argued that the explosion of such information would give us the capability to understand our world in far more detail than ever before.


However, much of the most valuable data is held by private entities, notably the consumer tech companies, telecoms operators, retailers and banks. “The big win would be to include private data as a public good,” Mr Pentland said.

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