The Hidden Danger of Big Data

  • Carlo RattiEmail author
  • Dirk HelbingEmail author


With big data, we can multiply our options and filter out things we don’t want to see. But there is much to be said for making discoveries through pure serendipity: contingency and randomness often furnish the transformational or counterintuitive ideas that propel humanity forward.


Pure Serendipity Counterintuitive Idea Identify Bottle Necks Traffic Flow Scenarios Data-driven Optimization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.ETH ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.TU DelftDelftNetherlands
  4. 4.Complexity Science HubViennaAustria

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