Categories
Uncategorized

The Problem With Big Data

I know how many steps I take per day. But these get recorded on a pedometer, not an Internet connected device with algorithms on the back end. As a result, I don’t get push messages telling me how close or behind I am to reaching my goals. I just know some basics.

I love data. It allows us to make wise decisions about where, when, and how to move forward.

But I still believe data is really bad at predicting human emotion. Music, for example, is hard to recommend. There are special algorithms in Pandora that suggest new tracks in accordance to our tastes.

Based on my own experience, rarely does Pandora play something interesting and of good quality. Music, like books and movies, is not something you can predict with precision. Human Genome projects are great for recommendations and starting points but they try to plan too much. And it’s because we let them to, outsourcing responsibility.

The best part about the analog world is discovering something that aggregated data can’t predict. Discovery occurs through randomness as much as it does through suggested data. The data doesn’t know you’re open to completely new things; it’s going to keep feeding you the same stuff within that niche.

Machines that dictate our action dictate our behavior. Plugging out, being open, is just as important as being plugged in. The best recommendation engine may be yourself.

Categories
Uncategorized

Price of 1 gigabyte of storage over time:

1981 $300,000

1987 $50,000

1990 $10,000

1994 $1,000

1997 $100

2000 $10

2004 $1

2012 $0.10

(via James Doleman)

Categories
Uncategorized
Apple’s mission statement.
Apple’s mission statement.
Categories
Uncategorized
Each time Apple announces updates to OSX, it borrows more functions from iOS. Desktop Computers Look More and More Like Smartphones
Each time Apple announces updates to OSX, it borrows more functions from iOS. Desktop Computers Look More and More Like Smartphones
Categories
Uncategorized

It’s about time someone reinvented the mouse.  

The Leap by Leap Motion

Categories
Uncategorized

Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity…That’s not simple.

Jonathan Ive