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From the desk of Big Data - Humanizing your bits into my bytes

Nadhan on ‎03-07-2013 11:24 AM

DNA Big Data.pngHello Enterprise IT! This is Data.


My roots may be in the zeroes and ones, which gave definition to my presence, and we have undergone various forms of structured and unstructured transformations into brontobytes of data. People have successfully processed, analyzed and informationalized me by turning the tables on computers. They have leveraged us through carefully placed sensors, wearable devices and robotics to introduce automation. But when I see what researchers at EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have accomplished, I am looking forward to a whole new universe for my long-term persistence — Deoxyribonucleic acid — Hello DNA!


EMBL-EBI researchers have created a new way to store me in the form of DNA — a material that lasts for tens of thousands of years! The new method, published in the journal Nature, makes it possible to store at least 100 million hours of high-definition video in about a cup of DNA. Katherine Bourzac also explains Why DNA will someday replace the hard drive in the MIT Technology Review. Bourzac refers to the work of Harvard University genetics professor George Church who used this technology to encode a book (see An Entire Book Stored in DNA).


I have always viewed the world as black and white, without any concept of any subjective gray areas. I have been treated in this manner since the dawn of IT. However in recent times, game-changing tools have analyzed the prevailing sentiment, predicted the future through systems of engagement and defined winning campaign strategies for presidential elections. I like this. These state-of-the-art tools are introducing a human aspect that give new definition to the term informationalization.


My storage in your roots — the DNA — opens up a whole new world of possibilities. If I get represented in that form, do you think we data can be systematically assembled to define emotions, sentiment, and therefore acquire, personalities? After all, isn’t it your DNA that crystallizes your personality traits and behavior? Can such tools be used to analyze my new medium of storage to configure DNA combinations of choice that define desired behaviors?


I don’t know. But I’m excited.


The UK researchers encoded DNA with an MP3 of Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. I too have a dream: That I will share the multi-tenant world of DNA with humans. I am already becoming more familiar with Data Scientists.

Will this new world introduce Data Artists? I wonder.


I have really enjoyed writing letters on realizing the big picture, meeting my new master, identifying changes to your job descriptions, feeling good about being secure and applying the theory of economics. I this last letter to you, it makes sense that I share my excitement about the endless possibilities in our future.


But don’t worry. As I’ve mentioned in my previous letters, please do continue to follow my favorite blogger – HP Distinguished Technologist, E.G.Nadhan. He will make sure that you are kept informed about my ongoing evolution.


After all, I happen to know, Big Data is in his DNA.


Connect with Nadhan on: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Journey Blog.




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