MIT Unveils Big Data Initiative 04:16

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WBUR's Curt Nickisch was at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab Wednesday where university officials made a "big" announcement.

"Big" in that it concerns "big data" — terabytes, petabytes of data — the kind of numbers you just can't crunch on a desktop.

Big data processing and storage has the potential to add an estimated 15,000 jobs to the local economy over the next few years, which is why this new initiative MIT has unveiled, called bigdata@CSAIL, is so important.

Nickisch joins Radio Boston from Cambridge to talk about the announcement and about the Massachusetts' role in the industry.


  • Curt Nickisch, WBUR reporter

This segment aired on May 30, 2012.