Scottsdale Futurist Jason Hope and the Value of Big Data

Jason Hope is a man who believes in big data. He understands that many things can be reduced to numbers, he knows that collecting all possible data can help humanity move forward, and he knows the value of information, technology, and philanthropy.

In many ways, data is what leads to Jason Hope’s predictions about the future and the way things are trending. It gives insight into the changes that are being made and the goals that are being set. You can look back at what has happened, extrapolate that data for the future, and see what is coming down the line. There are outside forces that sometimes change or influence things, but the data can give you a general idea — and, sometimes, an incredibly accurate picture of what’s to come.

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Hope also knows, though, that it’s crucial for the data to be accurate. People must be able to trust it. For the whole thing to work, they have to know that the numbers they’re reading are real and haven’t been misreported, either due to a mistake somewhere along the line or due to deliberate fraud.

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Jason Hope said as much on Marketwired last year, when discussing the Forbes article about the issues with Volkswagen emission reports. Basically, the cars were designed to give out false readings — intentionally — when they were being tested. This made it look like they had passed the emissions tests when they really had not. This data was trusted for a long time before the issue was exposed, and the backlash to Volkswagen was intense.

Hope writes that this really showed the danger of fraud. He said that the validity of data was critical, and this just showed how important it was. If people were going to trust the numbers, they couldn’t be wondering if the numbers were skewed. They couldn’t be nervous that someone had reported the numbers inaccurately, on purpose, to further their own gain. That threw the whole process off.

Worse yet, it could potentially make people doubt all data going forward. While perhaps justified, that could really hinder development because shared data and shared research would no longer be used in those cases.

Jason Hope knows how much technology can help humanity, but he also understands the challenges that presents. This is great insight from him, demonstrating that he’s not just blindly accepting tech and data, but really grasps how it is used and how it must be used to help people the most going forward.

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