Big Data and Its Historical Implications

              Big data has had an astounding effect on the world around us, but it has been in our world for much longer than recent history. In humans’ most basic form of communication we use data too relay information to each other and to analyze the world around us. Since the Roman Empire, humans have collected massive amounts of data and used it to make decisions about their rule. The roman census allowed the emperor to make informed decision on how to tax the plebs and show human migration patterns throughout their empire. Hundreds of years after the Roman Empire trade republics, like Venice, would use the data on different trade goods to determine where to send their trade fleet and which nations to trade with. This use of big data lead to trade with some of the Islamic powerhouses of the time, like the Caliphate, and brought technologies from the Islamic renaissance to the western world. This helped lift the western world out of the dark ages and into its own renaissance. Whether big data has had intestinal impact on history of humans, like the Roman Empire’s census, or unintentional, like the trade routes of Venice, big data has had a massive effect on how the world around us has developed into what it is today.

2 thoughts on “Big Data and Its Historical Implications”

  1. This is all very true. Though it never occurred to me that big data had been shaping human evolution for as long as you have described, your point is valid and I most certainly agree that without the “big data” the Romans were collecting the world would most certainly look very different than it does today.

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