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Professor Chun’s lecture on big data reminded me of a site called DoNotTouch.org. When you visit the site, you become a participant in a worldwide game of mouse-moving. Your cursor is recorded as it moves through various obstacles, maps, and pictures. Then, about an hour later when the information has processed, your cursor becomes one of the hoard, navigating through this online space.

What’s really interesting, though, are the patterns of behavior that form amongst the little flitting arrows. Mainstream patterns emerge, but so do counter-movements and some jumbled circles. when observed individually, the cursors retain some semblance of uniqueness. But as a whole, they are more than predictable. I feel as if it is this principle, applied to much more complex behaviors, that drives big data as we know it today.