Thursday, March 29, 2012

Automated Research

I never thought that I would be writing about this so soon. Apparently, the US Government announced an initiative  today/yesterday (depending on your location) that they would be pursuing an initiative into 'Big Data' and a form of automated research that I had been exploring in my 'Convergence' document (still working on it if you're wondering). While its certainly not a guarantee of success in this area I believe the implications may be far wider than any of us may ever imagine. Having algorithms which are capable of searching for masses of data, looking at it, extracting relationships and possibly other insights into it could result in an avalanche of human knowledge and discovery.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57406484-76/why-science-really-needs-big-data/
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/big_data_press_release_final_2.pdf

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNVEILS BIG DATA INITIATIVE: ANNOUNCES $200 MILLION IN NEW R&D INVESTMENTS Aiming to make the most of the fast-growing volume of digital data, the Obama Administration today announced a Big Data Research and Development Initiative. By improving our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some the Nation's most pressing challenges. To launch the initiative, six Federal departments and agencies today announced more than $200 million in new commitments that, together, promise to greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data. In the same way that past Federal investments in information-technology R&D led to dramatic advances in supercomputing and the creation of the Internet, the initiative we are launching today promises to transform our ability to use Big Data for scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education, and national security, said Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. To make the most of this opportunity, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in concert with several Federal departments and agencies created the Big Data Research and Development Initiative to: Advance state-of-the-art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share huge quantities of data. Harness these technologies to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering, strengthen our national security, and transform teaching and learning; and Expand the workforce needed to develop and use Big Data technologies.
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