Category Archives: Ben Bor

Cyber Security and the Art of Data Analytics

Friday June 10th, 2016

Who remembers the 1983 movie starring Matthew Broderick titled “War Games”? This was one of the first movies that piqued my interest in computer security. In those days it was the use of acoustic couplers to dial a remote computer and we could actually communicate with a remote pc which was fascinating for me. Before… Read More »

Schrödinger’s Cat and Big Data

Monday June 6th, 2016

Schrödinger’s Cat is a thought experiment developed by Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) to illustrate that micro-scale quantum effects can be made to produce real (and quite bizarre) effects in the real world. Being Slightly Dead In this case, Schrödinger uses superposition on atomic scale to affect the life-span of a cat. The cat is placed in… Read More »

What to Avoid in Customer Analytics

Tuesday November 17th, 2015

Working recently on enabling customer analytics for a large Australian bank, I was once again reminded of the potential of Big Data and the risks involved. This bank proudly analyses customer transactions to glean important information about its customers. They plan to use the data, for example, to offer you travel insurance when they see… Read More »

Is Time Travel Possible Without Big Data?

Sunday April 12th, 2015

Is Time Travel possible? Many scientists, including Stephen Hawking, state that Time Travel is not possible for the simple reason that if it were possible, then we would have already seen all those time-travellers visiting us from the future. They are not here, so time travel is not possible. Source: http://www.insidescience.org/   In Science, as Karl… Read More »

Drowning in the Data Lake

Wednesday October 15th, 2014

IT people always try to use soothing names for complex propositions (don’t we all love the fluffy Cloud, being Service-Oriented [I sometimes wish that the restaurant sector would adopt this] or promising our customers that we are, above all, Agile?). The new buzzword is the data lake, which immediately brings to mind visions of calm… Read More »

So You Want to Be a Data Scientist?

Tuesday August 26th, 2014

So, you want to be a data scientist? Congratulations!  You have made the right decision.  You have just chosen a career that will present you with diverse challenges, an interesting life and one that will be in high demand in the short and medium-term future. The other good news is that if you possess certain… Read More »