- Kakaes: Many people and institutions are intoxicated by the potential of big data
- He warns data can mislead us and not every valid judgment can be summed up in a number
Konstantin Kakaes, a program fellow at New America's International Security Program, is the author of the e-book "The Pioneer Detectives: Did a Faraway Space Probe Prove Einstein and Newton Wrong?" This is the fifth in a series, "Big Ideas for a New America," in which the think tank New America spotlights experts' solutions to the nation's greatest challenges. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)One way to tell the story of human progress is to gawk at our increasing capacity to measure. Precise statements such as "the economy shrank by 2.7%" replace generalities like "times are tough."