Data Will Help Us, 2013 Jonathan Harris

Data Will Help Us is a brief manifesto about the promise and perils of big data.

“Big Data” is one of those phrases you hear a lot nowadays, but which many people still don’t understand. Data has become a kind of ubiquitous modern salve that now gets applied to almost any kind of ailment. In fields ranging from education, to healthcare, to advertising, to dating, to war, timeless decision-making tools like wisdom, intuition, and personal experience are being abandoned for a new kind of decision-making process, which simply says, “show me the data.” The rise of Big Data is poised to transform our world in fundamental ways comparable to the impact of the Internet. Like any new technology, Big Data contains the potential for both good and bad, and it’s largely up to us to decide how we’ll use it.

This piece was commissioned by the New York Times and originally published on June 20, 2013.




Myers School of Art

Emily Davis Gallery
Myers School of Art - University of Akron

150 E. Exchange St Akron, OH 44325


The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider:C6 is data.


Jer Thorp Lecture

October 11, 2013 12:00pm

Closing Reception

October 11, 2013 4:00-6:00pm