James Gunn. Patterns. (Asimovs September 2014)

asimovs201409Veteran James Gunn (90 and counting!) provides a short story which references Asimov’s Hari Seldon as a precursor to today’s Big Data, and looks briefly at the risk of collecting such data, as others may also find the data of use….

It’s a story with a simplistic approach (analyst in a big governmental security agency raises issue of being hacked with his boss and is pooh-poohed rather than the big red button being pushed), but neatly describes the somewhat autistic analyst and his approach to life through the lens of data and patterns.

More from this issue of Asimovs here.

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