20 Great, Not-So-Great and Sometimes Scary Moments in the History of Big Data
1) November 1936: The U.S. government starts issuing Social Security numbers. 2) June 8, 1949: George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is first published. 3) Some time in 1971 (the specific date is lost to history): IBM engineer George Laurer creates the Universal Product Code (UPC). 4) Jan. 23, 1973: Inventor Mario Cardullo is issued a patent for a memory-equipped passive radio transponder device—a precursor of RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology that will allow for everything from E-ZPass tags for electronic toll collection, supply-chain management at retailers like Walmart, and the "Internet of Things," an interconnected world of billions of radio-tagged consumer products.