The Big Data Revolution Will Affect Us From Head to Toe

Six years ago, John Webster and Chris Stakutis wrote a book called “Inescapable Data,” in which they talked to nearly 50 corporate executives and entrepreneurs about how massive accumulations of data could transform their businesses and their lives.

Stakutis, who’s a specialist in sharing file systems over storage area networks, was then the chief technology officer for International Business Machine Corp.’s Tivoli software group. He had become interested in “data emitters”–devices like refrigerators that could have IP addresses and could share data over the Internet.

He explained to Webster, who’s now a storage analyst at the Evaluator Group, how you could query your refrigerator from the grocery store to find out if you needed milk. Your milk would have an RFID sensor that would communicate with your refrigerator’s RFID receiver, Webster said Stakutis told him, and your refrigerator would send you a message.

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