Much of society’s continued and future progression depends on data and our ability to utilize it. Self-driving vehicles will necessitate accurate data for road maps and the positional mapping of obstacles. The price of Amazon products (delivered by flying drones) will rely on the data behind supply chain management. 3D-printers and other types of additive manufacturing will require large quantities of data to function efficiently. Even the nanoscale assembly of metamaterials demands a great deal of data.
The future of big data was one of eight topics at the interactive presentation,“2066, A Science Odyssey – What Will Our World Look Like?”, part of the annual Philadelphia Science Festival, a nine-day community celebration featuring lectures, hands-on events, and other exhibits throughout the city. Additional subjects at the session, which took place at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute on April 26, included sustainability, dark matter, machine learning, and the future of medicine.
Robert Ghrist, mathematician and professor at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), spoke about the role of topology in managing the massive amounts of data necessary to sustain society’s rapid development. (more…)