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GE's Billion-Dollar Bet on Big Data

The industrial giant aims to harness data from the hardware it sells
GE's Billion-Dollar Bet on Big Data
Illustration by Neil Swaab

The Steinmetz barn housed GE's first laboratory

General Electric’s first research laboratory was housed in a barn in upstate New York; its newest is going up in Silicon Valley. In a vivid illustration of how the locus of U.S. innovation has shifted from the East to the West Coast, GE is pouring $1 billion into a facility in San Ramon, Calif., that will be staffed with as many as 400 people.