In Pictures: Who came up with your least favourite tech buzzwords?

Some buzzwords evolve from the foam of language; others are invented in strokes of evil genius

Big Data Big Data has been one of the defining buzzphrases of the first half of the '00s, but its origins go back to before the turn of the century, as sniffed out by a New York Times reporter last year. An economist used the phrase in the title of a paper he presented in 2000, but the true creator appears to be John Mashey, who was Silicon Graphics Inc.'s chief scientist in the 1990s. In the late '90s, he gave a series of talks around Silicon Valley about the coming data explosion, and "big data" is right there in the first slide on the deck. (Some other phrases there, like "big memory," "big net", and "huge data", didn't take off.)

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