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Information Still Wants to be Free

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Data, Featured, Featured Articles, Newsletter, Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Information Still Wants to be Free

If you’ve never seen the Twilight Zone, I’m about to spoil a 50 year old episode of it for you. The name of the episode is called “To Serve Man” and you can watch it here. Ready for the spoiler? At the end we discover that the book the supposedly friendly aliens have given us is not a peace proposal called “To Serve Man”, but actually a cookbook by the same name. Words, it turns out, often do not mean what it is that they appear to mean at first glance. I first heard the phrase “Information wants to be free!” on the Well back in the late 80s....

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The New Analytics: Big Data and The Red Pill

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Active Design, Data | 0 comments

The New Analytics: Big Data and The Red Pill

Last week saw a huge victory for Big Data and analytics. If you’re not the kind of person who follows news about the news you may have missed the most metaphorical story of them all: Nate Silver, America’s premiere statistician (and all around Big Data rockstar) has left the New York Times Silver has abandoned the Gray Lady for the Magic Kingdom, taking his curious bag of numbers and heading off for the Disney empire. The fact that the journey of a statistician could ignite a frenzy on the web should open the eyes of anyone who still thinks “big data” and metrics...

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