It was only a matter of minutes after the discovery of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 that questions began to be asked about the data. How could a Boeing 777 jet airliner disappear without a digital trace? What about the data the airplane collected? What about the tracking data? The transponders? How about the satellite “pings”? What can the cell phones’ GPS’s tell us?
It was assumed that the quickest path to answering questions about the mysterious flight disappearance was to decipher the big data digital stream that the plane must have created.