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Data Just Right: Introduction to Large-Scale Data & Analytics by Michael Manoochehri

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14. The Future: Trends in Data Technology

An exciting and inevitable future is approaching, and it’s no exaggeration that it will be fueled by data. Despite political and economic roadblocks, billions of people around the world have gained access to the Internet. Twenty-thirteen marked the year in which the estimated number of Internet-connected mobile devices surpassed that of desktop computers. While the growing number of mobile computing devices is by itself significant, consider the fact that we tend to use our smartphones a bit differently than we do a traditional PC. Many keep phones continuously on their person and active at all times (how many of you use your phone as an alarm clock?). Wearable computers, while still in their infancy, ...

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