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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

  • Information Privacy: Memory and Forgetting in the Digital Age
  • Big Data—A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • Cybersecurity: Strategies for the Networked World

As one of today's brilliant visionary thinkers, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and co-author of the international bestseller, Big Data, has explored the intersection of technology, science, society, and economy to understand how we think, utilize the power of digital information, and how we live. In his revolutionary new book, Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil (with Kenn Cukier and Francis de Vericourt), he reveals how framing is a cognitive muscle to make better decisions that can change our lives, creating opportunities and better outcomes in our world increasingly dominated by technology.

Should technology, AI, and big data take over? There's no bias. Would this solve humanity's problems?

No. Data is nothing without the appropriate cognitive frame. Frames are a greatly underappreciated superpower of how humans think, and with practice and the right strategy we can get better at it. We have the unique ability to frame and devise solutions to both our daily and universal challenges. We can't rely on AI to solve problems, but we can employ it for breakthrough solutions using our mental models.

Viktor shares timely examples to support his ideas, such as how New Zealand and Great Britain dealt with the pandemic, why one country was more successful than the other; the evolution of the #MeToo movement; the creation of SpaceX versus NASA's innovations; Spotify's popularity and its impact on Apple. These big ideas are examples of how mental models are at the heart of all creativity, critical thinking, and innovation.

Combining analytical depth with compelling storytelling, he explains we need to improve how we frame our problems in order to overcome them. This will lead us to better alternatives as we all face numerous decisions every day.

The New York Times called his international bestseller Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, which sold over two million copies worldwide, “a fascinating—and sometimes alarming—survey of big data's growing effect on just about everything: business, government, science and medicine, privacy, and even on the way we think.” As co-author of Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data, Viktor examined how companies such as Uber and Airbnb relied on information-rich markets to disrupt an industry.

Viktor is the Oll Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford's Internet Institute researching the role of information in a networked economy and previously served on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He advises businesses, nations, and international organizations on the new economy and the promise and peril of the information society.

Viktor has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Nature, Science, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, and WIRED. He is the author of many articles on information innovation and governance, data privacy, memory and forgetting in a digital age, e-government, and big data.

Keywords: big data, data privacy, internet governance, information economy, author

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