Upon hearing the phrase "Rise of the Machines," many people's first instinct would be to think of a sci-fi apocalyptic movie, using the common trope of AI taking over the world as we know it. It's an overwhelming idea, to say the least, but the truth of the matter is that we truly are in the age of machines! The question is, are we ready to tackle all the issues that come hand in hand with progress and innovation? As with any kind of technological advancement developing at exponential rates, we have to try to stay one step ahead of the game, which is becoming increasingly difficult. There is a lot that we stand to gain from the usage of Big Data and AI, but at what cost?