The world of “big data” dawned some years ago, but we have only scratched the surface of its potential uses.   The amount of data now collected from countless electronic devices (not just smartphones, but smart coffeepots) demands an ever-increasing number of analysts to uncover hidden patterns, previously unknown correlations, market trends, and consumer preferences. But the data sets have grown so large and from such diverse sources (growing at 50% a year and more
 A year ago, a single Bitcoin was worth $800. Today, it is valued at $10,370. The explosion of the cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Lightcoin shakes our core assumptions of what we consider “money:”  Now, a single individual create something that can function as currency. It no longer needs to be tethered to government assurances of value.   Quite quickly this confusion becomes distrust. After all, how can we treat as money something we can barely