Conrad Quilty-Harper has written an article for Telegraph.co.uk about how data is changing how we live. It’s a list of 10 real-world examples in the fields of Shopping, Relationships, Business deliveries, Maps, Education, Politics, Society, War and Advertising.
Although the article is rather focused on the benefits of data mining for companies than for humans there are examples that show fundamental shifts in our society.
As one of the commenters points out there are other domains that make good use of data collection and analysis like Health Care, Crisis Information Management, Urban Sensing. It’s a good read — I just wished Quilty-Harper would have gone in more detail about possible implications in privacy and security.