McKinsey shouldn’t close up shop just yet. But if Wikistrat has its way, the future of geopolitical analysis will belong to the crowd.
The biggest consultancy firms—the McKinseys and Janeses of the world—make many millions of dollars…
Today, we are excited to name the first group of cities selected through the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge – cities who have demonstrated a dedicate …
In conjunction with Swedish officials, Volvo plans to send 100 autonomous cars out on to the streets of Gothenburg.
The Swedish automaker says that 100 autonomous vehicles will be piloted under …
Interesting times to live in Göteborg!
Trin Tragula — for that was his name — was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
And she would nag him incessantly about the utterly inordinate amount of time he spent staring out into space, or mulling over the mechanics of safety pins, or doing spectrographic analyses of pieces of fairy cake.
“Have some sense of proportion!” she would say, sometimes as often as thirty-eight times in a single day.
And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex — just to show her.
And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other end he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it.
To Trin Tragula’s horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain; but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.
Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Inspired by Alexis Madrigal’s quote from Lovecraft describing the brain’s limitations, referring to the cosmic horrors he wrote about, but transplanted to the context of Big Data, I thought of Douglas Adams idea of the Total Perspective Vortex. Are we heading for a Total Perspective Vortex with our aim for more and more data?
Thanks Alexis for locating this text. Being an old Lovecraft fan it really warms my heart to see how his words are expressing so well what is beyond our abilities to grasp… Which is exactly what Big Data is…
Source: The Atlantic
China’s academic scandal: call toll-free hotlines to get your name published
02 December 13 by Liat Clark Tweet, wired.co.uk
Academic fraud in China has been a problem for years. And now we know why it’s been so successfully perpetuated, thanks to an investigative feature in the journal Science that has revealed “a thriving academic black…
Interesting new angle on how creativity multiplied with, prima facie not dangerous incentives (quantity), and new communication technology, can threaten old traditional structures and values…
Hands-free devices like Google Glass can be really transformative when the hands they free are those of a surgeon. And leading hospitals, including Stanford and the University of California at San Francisco, are beginning to use Glass in the…
Why Predicting Trends Doesn’t Help Prepare For The Future
Written Frank Spencer and Yvette Montero Salvatico, fastcoexist.com
It’s easy to say that some piece of tech will take off next year, but that keeps us grounded into a linear idea of progress instead of reaching for true innovation.
Do a search for “trends” on Amazon, and you will find that there is a book…
I agree, Frank, but in my search for ways to engage the public in a conversation that leads to a future oriented behavior pattern among a larger part of the population, megatrends still seems to be one way of getting through the barriers. But does it seriously damage the cause? Does it cloud the path forward or can it act as an attractor or an eye opener?
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P A Martin Börjesson
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