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Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Big Vision for Big Data: Intelligent Agents


Google has patented an agent that will post on social media for you. If you can't think of a clever Tweet, you need worry no more - this little robot has got your back.

What if we had an agent that could navigate Big Data? It would:

* Know my data usage habits online.
* Anticipate what kind of data I would be interested in.
* Go out and find that information automatically, from multiple sources or (or engage in conversation, to elicit those needs from me).
* Deliver it to me in consumable form.

As far as I know we do not have a national strategy for big data. So I looked at Australia's for some insight.

Their focus is on analytics - it didn't say anything about "bots." And that's fine.

We need to start with analytics - driving "actionable intelligence."

But that is only a baby step.

Where the rubber hits the road: Empowering ordinary people with meaningful information - information that enables them to get things done.

Right now, the U.S. has a clearly articulated action plan for open government and a phenomenal framework for digital government as well.

But we need to begin with the end in mind.

It's not just about collecting information mindlessly. Nor delivering material to decision makers.

It is about John or Jane Doe with no particular knowledge of coding.

If we can turn abstract 0s and 1s into tools that make everyday living more productive - healthier, wealthier, wiser, and more participatory in shaping the conditions of our existence - then we in government have done our job.

* All opinions my own.