Common concerns behind Big Data, especially those of gathering and assembling data need to be overturned. The author highlights three areas that Big Data will impact, business, employment and privacy. The risk of work being taken over by computerisation and the collection of data that happens passively and invisibly. Big Data will change business, and in turn society, therefore modern businesses will need regulators who can govern Big Data to their advantage.

Value for Dubai

The Happiness Meter is one mechanism through which Dubai could harness data and use it to improve the quality of services across the city. Similar data-driven initiatives across other sectors will help Dubai in pre-empting risks brought on by Big Data.