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An ambitious and attractive new large-format book, "The Human Face of Big Data," aims to give readers, through photography and short articles, a glimpse of how powerful new data processing capabilities are changing people's lives. Here is a sample.
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"The Human Face of Big Data" is an ambitious and attractive large-format book that aims to give readers, through photography and short articles, a glimpse of how powerful new data processing capabilities are changing people's lives. Author Rick Smolan is a photographer who gained fame for his "Day in the Life" series, which included an edition focused on the Internet in 1996, "24 Hours in Cyberspace."

The book is accompanied by an iPad app that debuted on December 4 -- the same day that Smolan sent a copy of the book to 10,000 people whom he considers the world’s most influential. 

Here are some of the stories highlighted in the book. Cover art: Michael Tompert/The Human Face of Big Data

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