How 'big data' is changing lives

Data is increasingly defining us - from the information we share on the web, to that collected by the numerous companies with whom we interact. Intrigued by the sheer scales involved, photojournalist Rick Smolan wanted to see how data was transforming the world.

Take a look at his global snapshots - compiled in his book The Human Face of Big Data.

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All images subject to copyright. Most images courtesy 'The Human Face of Big Data' - sponsored by EMC.

Additional images courtesy Google Maps. Music by KPM Music.

Slideshow production by Jane Wakefield and Paul Kerley. Publication date 26 February 2013.

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