Seeing the Invisible, Evolving Robots and Finding Love with Big Data
Two things lurk deep at the heart of the digital love story. It’s not “me” and “you.” It’s “0” and “1.”
The analytics that are helping people find a better match are just one place where science informs contemporary life. Big Data may be unromantic, but it’s powerful and efficient. It’s helping wannabe lovers as well as scientists to find new meanings and hidden patterns in piles of data and build better robots, decode the brain, and, yes, avoid a bad first date.
The eye, for example, can distinguish 10 million colors, including hues like pink, which do not correspond to any actual wavelength of light. (There’s even aspirited debate whether pink exists at all.) But scientist are now using high-tech eyes in combination with big data to expand human sight and perception.