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Mayer-Schonberger Visits BMC


During the Fourth Hsing Yun World Humanities Forum held on 19 September at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center (BMC) Great Enlightenment Auditorium, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger gave an enlightening lecture on the innovative applications of Big Data.

Mayer-Schonberger expressed his gratitude to the hospitality of BMC. His wife is a vegetarian and was excited when she learned that vegetarian food would be served at the center. Mayer-Schonberger added that they was something about BMC, although he could not name it, that makes the center a special place. They canceled their afternoon trip to downtown Kaohsiung and was hosted by Venerable Youlu from the BMC International Team.

The couple experienced Tea Chan at the Twin Pavilions before watching a 3D video on Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s One-Stroke Calligraphy at the Six Perfections Pagoda. Mrs. Mayer-Schonberger also brought home a rubbing of Master's calligraphy work. They also visited the Home of Joy and Celebrations at the Five Harmonies Pagoda. Mayer-Schonberger joked and said that he would bring his five-year-old son here in ten years' time for the Coming of Age celebration.

When asked how Big Data can contribute to the BMC, Mayer-Schonberger replied saying the artifacts and memories can serve as pieces of evidence, and cataloging and making sense of these information can help keep BMC connected with the believers in the Buddhist faith throughout the world. He also believes that Big Data can help humans to progress and evolve into better beings.

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