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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

PBS Special Probes Benefits And Concerns Of Using Big Data

Against All Odds Productions CEO Rick Smolan speaks during a keynote address by Cisco Systems Inc. Chairman and CEO John Chambers at the 2014 International CES at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Against All Odds Productions CEO Rick Smolan speaks at the 2014 International CES at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Every day, data about ourselves is being collected through our phones, our computers, our cars. But how is that data being used and who’s using it?

That’s the subject of the new PBS documentary, “The Human Face of Big Data.” It airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on PBS stations around the country (check local listings).

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with executive producer Rick Smolan and Shwetak Patel, a computer science and engineering professor at the University of Washington, who appears in the film.

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