In 2010, Google CEO Eric Schmidt famously said, “There were five Exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization to 2003, but that much information is now created in two days.” While analysts debate the first part of that statement*, the reality is that today, in 2015, the pace is closer to five Exabytes of data created and copied every 12 hours.
The exact numbers aren’t the issue. Corporations ignoring the data, is. The data explosion shows no signs of slowing down. And there’s a lot of health-related data in the Zettabytes and Yottabytes to follow, ready to turn doctors into statisticians and consumers into analysts. So. Who’s up for a little hunting and gathering?