Speaking to an audience of more than sixty thousand…

speech1On a recent trip to China, Professor Mayer-Schönberger visited famed Chengdu No. 7 Middle School, and spoke about his new book (with Kenneth Cukier) on Big Data and learning in front of a large audience – with satellite audiences throughout China, a total of over sixty thousand participants – the largest audience he ever addressed in one of his presentations.

“Lernen mit Big Data”

LernenmitBDDie deutsche Fassung von “Learning mit Big Data” (verfasst von Professor Mayer-Schönberger und Kenneth Cukier), in der es um Big Data und menschliches Lernen geht, ist Anfang September 2014 beim redline Verlag erschienen. Übersetzt von Andrea Kamphuis (die schon Professor Mayer-Schönbergers preisgekröntes Buch “Delete” ausgezeichnet ins Deutsche übersetzte), beschäftigt sich das kompakte Werk mit der Zukunft der Bildung in Zeiten von Big Data, umfassender digitaler Erinnerungen und ständiger Vorhersagen der Zukunft. Es ist sowohl als Buch als auch als ebook erhältlich, unter anderem bei Amazon.de.

Learning with Big Data

LEARNING_coverProfessor Mayer-Schönberger and Economist journalist Kenneth Cukier have written a new book. Titled “Learning with big Data“, it looks at the role of Big Data in shaping and changing human learning, and our education system. In “Learning with Big Data” the authors detail both the enormous potential of Big Data analysis to improve human learning, and the deeply troubling dark side of possible Big Data abuse in the education field. The book, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is in the format of a so-called ebook Single (about a third of the size of a traditional book), only available as an ebook (through Kindle and other platforms), and very competitively priced at Amazon.

Big Data’s potential dark side in education

THETimes Higher Education (THE) sat down in December 2013 with Professor Mayer-Schönberger in preparation for ONLINE EDUCA 2013 in Berlin, Europe’s largest meeting of digital learning experts, to discuss the role of Big Data in education, and its potential dark sides. In the interview, Professor Mayer-Schönberger warned of probabilistic predictions being used to filter and select students rather than to improve the context in which they learn, suggesting that this would be a dystopian future for education.