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10 Big Data Trends You Should Know
"Very business centric, but may be interesting."
big-data  trends  business 
september 2018 by tsuomela
Galileo's Middle Finger by Alice Dreger - Penguin Books USA
"An impassioned defense of intellectual freedom and a clarion call to intellectual responsibility, Galileo’s Middle Finger is one American’s eye-opening story of life in the trenches of scientific controversy. For two decades, historian Alice Dreger has led a life of extraordinary engagement, combining activist service to victims of unethical medical research with defense of scientists whose work has outraged identity politics activists. With spirit and wit, Dreger offers in Galileo’s Middle Finger an unforgettable vision of the importance of rigorous truth seeking in today’s America, where both the free press and free scholarly inquiry struggle under dire economic and political threats."
book  publisher  research  controversy  trends  science  reputation  harassment  ethics 
july 2015 by tsuomela
Taking the road less traveled | Science Careers
“The cost of standing up for controversial results can be devastating to researchers and their families, Dreger makes clear.”
research  controversy  trends  reputation  harassment  ethics  science  sts 
july 2015 by tsuomela
Is It 'Fair' That Baauer Gets The Proceeds From Harlem Shake Videos, Despite Having Little To Do With Meme Popularity? | Techdirt
"As he notes, it's the "first follower who transforms the lone nut into a leader." And then you have the "second follower" which represents a "turning point" in creating a movement. In this case, none of these key aspects had anything to do with Baauer. Yes, the song was there, but there were any number of songs that could have kicked off a similar dance craze. The reason the whole meme happened had to do with those originators, and the first few followers, turning it into a meme. I don't think any of them are complaining. In fact, they all seem (quite reasonably) thrilled that they're suddenly getting tons of attention and millions of hits (and plenty of new followers) for their role in building the meme. "
online  memes  followers  trends  behavior  psychology  copyright  internet  leadership 
march 2013 by tsuomela
If We Profs Don't Reform Higher Ed, We'll Be Re-Formed (and we won't like it) | HASTAC
"Although normally a pretty upbeat and optimistic person, I end a lot of my different talks these days with a pretty scary, even dystopic slide:    "IF WE PROFS CAN BE REPLACED BY A COMPUTER SCREEN, WE SHOULD BE.”"
education  online  mooc  future  trends  academia  computers 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Can Hydras Eat Unknown-Unknowns for Lunch?
"The general idea behind the Hydra narrative in a broad sense (not just what Taleb has said/will say in October) is that hydras eat all unknown unknowns (not just Taleb’s famous black swans) for lunch. I have heard at least three different versions of this proposition in the last year. The narrative inspires social system designs that feed on uncertainty rather than being destroyed by it. Geoffrey West’s ideas about superlinearity are the empirical part of an attempt to construct an existence proof showing that such systems are actually possible." Annotated link
uncertainty  risk  trends  history  technology  innovation  narrative  terrorism 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Open the Future: Teratocracy Rises
"Over the last week, I have encountered three separate (and seemingly unrelated) attacks on democracy, written by residents of the US and Europe from highly-visible spots in the political-economic media system."
politics  trends  future  democracy  fear  ideology  political-science 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Special report: What triggered oil's greatest rout | Reuters
"Oil just doesn't fall by 10 percent in the course of a normal day, though. In commodities markets, oil is king, and its daily contract turnover, typically around $200 billion, is usually able to absorb even large inflows or outflows of investment.

The rare moves of $10 a barrel usually are set off by dramatic events -- the outbreak of the first Gulf War in 1991, or the collapse in 2008 of Lehman Bros bank, which both led to recessions.

Of course, there was major news last week. But the daring Pakistan raid that killed Osama bin Laden had done little to shift the balance of oil markets on Monday.

In interviews with more than two dozen fund managers, bankers and traders, no clear cause emerged for the plunge in price. Market players were unable to identify any single bank or fund orchestrating a massive sale to liquidate positions, not even an errant trade that triggered panic selling, as seen in the equities flash crash last May."
economics  markets  computer  financial-engineering  interview  business  trends 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Digital Textbooks Reaching the Tipping Point in the U.S. Higher Education — A Revised Five-Year Projection « The Xplanation
"The tipping point for digital textbooks is defined as that point on the industry/product continuum at which current financial variables and market factors make the eventual dominance of digital over print an inevitable outcome within 5-7 years. It is our argument in this report that the Higher Education textbook industry in the U.S. is now at that tipping point. In support of this argument, we will discuss both the current status of the Higher Education textbook market as well as the primary market/financial factors influencing its evolution."
publishing  books  business  textbook  academic  college  future  trends 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Our Obsession with the Word "Random": Fear of a Millennial Planet | The Awl
"When Ringle opened his Washington Post article with the line, "We have seen the future and it is random," I believe he was making a moral point. The post-World War II "neat" may have been an ignorant oversimplification of the world and its inherent messiness, but the post-9/11 random is an exaggeration of this messiness and an unwillingness to find resolve or connection. There is something unthinking and uncurious and unfeeling in its use. It is defensive. It indicates a lack of empathy.

Random is anathema to synthesis through imagination, a refusal to enter the unknown."
language  trends  randomness  metaphor  ambition  modernity  scale 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Goodnight to Goodnight Moon? « Easily Distracted
Middle-class parenting is precisely where expertise and the authority of both state and civic institutions often have their most toxic intersection, and where unintended effects blossom like ragweed in September. The double vulnerability of those parents is especially intense now: as they lose many of their most treasured markers of social difference, they’re also waking up to just how much economic ground they’ve lost in the last two decades, and how much likelier their children are to continue that downward mobility.
middle-class  class  perception  economics  power  expertise  reading  trends 
october 2010 by tsuomela
the sceptical futuryst
Stuart Candy San Francisco, California, United States. Senior Researcher at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, and Research Fellow of The Long Now Foundation. I'm currently completing my PhD dissertation in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Working title: "The Politics and Design of Experiential Futures". This blog investigates the intersection of forward thinking, media, activism, and design.
weblog-individual  future  technology  innovation  trends  futurist 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Understanding the Participatory News Consumer | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
The internet is now the third most-popular news platform, behind local and national television news and ahead of national print newspapers, local print newspapers and radio. Getting news online fits into a broad pattern of news consumption by Americans; six in ten (59%) get news from a combination of online and offline sources on a typical day.
survey  news  journalism  trends  internet  media  research  participation  audience 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Dense and Thick | the human network
Golden Age, a time of rosy dawns and bright beginnings, when everything seems possible. But this age is drawing to a close. Two recent developments will, in retrospect, be seen as the beginning of the end. The first of these is the transformation of the oldest medium into the newest. The book is coextensive with history, with the largest part of what we regard as human culture. Until five hundred and fifty years ago, books were handwritten, rare and precious. Moveable type made books a mass medium, and lit the spark of modernity. But the book, unlike nearly every other medium, has resisted its own digitization. This year the defenses of the book have been breached, and ones and zeroes are rushing in...
On the other hand, the arrival of the Web-as-appliance means it is now leaving the rarefied space of computers and mobiles-as-computers, and will now be seen as something as mundane as a book or a dinner plate.
technology  internet  culture  augmented-reality  mobile  future  trends  data  semantic-web  ipad  ubicomp 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Online Fandom
The internet is enabling massive changes in the relationships amongst fans, artists, and industries. On this site, Nancy Baym keeps an eye on trends and provides a space to discuss what works, what doesn’t, and what to make of it all. Sometimes she writes about other social internet issues too.
weblog-individual  social-media  collaboration  fandom  artist  internet  trends 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Religious Attendance Relates to Generosity Worldwide
Gallup data reveal that adherents of all the major world religions who attended religious services (attenders) in the past week have higher rates of generosity than do their coreligionists who did not attend services (non-attenders). Even for individuals who do not affiliate with any religious tradition, those who said they attended religious services in the past week exhibited more generous behaviors.
religion  generosity  charity  philanthropy  trends  polls 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Gregory Clark -- As Economic Disparity Grows, Higher Taxes May Be Only Solution
..the economic problems of the future will not be about growth but about something more nettlesome: the ineluctable increase in the number of people with no marketable skills, and technology's role not as the antidote to social conflict, but as its instigator.
technology-effects  employment  jobs  labor  skills  education  taxes  economics  trends  future 
august 2009 by tsuomela
A Fading Field :The Scientist [2009-06-01]
However, there are fewer and fewer biologists who practice traditional taxonomy, or the collection, description, naming and categorization of organisms through intense study of their physical attributes. In general, the field of taxonomy, or systematics as it is often called, has been leaning towards the molecular end of the spectrum since genetic technology matured in the late 1970s and 1980s, and traditional taxonomic skills have been dwindling as older taxonomic experts retire. Many taxonomists blend traditional methods, such as morphological and behavioral study, with modern molecular techniques, such as DNA sequencing, to fully characterize their pet taxa. But taxonomists like Cognato and Hulcr, who rely on fieldwork and morphological study as core aspects of their taxonomic work, appear to be slowly going extinct.
biology  taxonomy  classification  sts  science  trends  fashion 
july 2009 by tsuomela / Arts / Theatre
Recently, however, I have seen a shift away from the traditional model of book readings and for-and-against Oxford Union-style debates and towards a showier kind of speaking event, in which bookish ideas and themes are lifted off the page and into the stuff of rhetoric and performance.
authors  performance  style  story-telling  trends 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Americans Are Now More Closely Aligned With Progressive Ideas Than at Any Time in Memory [Voltaire]
The media still calls America a “center-right” nation, but “center-left” is closer to the truth. On issues ranging from health care to energy, the public is more progressive than people think. Demographic groups from youth to Hispanics are voting farther left and in larger numbers than ever before. The new report the Campaign for America’s Future is publishing with Media Matters for America— "America: A Center-Left Nation" —documents the trends and challenges the mainstream media to recognize reality
politics  american  trends  progressive  liberal  polling 
june 2009 by tsuomela
America’s Corporate Shell Game « Jon Taplin’s Blog
They make no attempt to hide the bad news for the U.S. Economy–“return on assets for U.S. companies has steadily fallen to almost one quarter of 1965 levels,at the same time that we have seen continued, albeit much more modest, improvements in labor productivity.” The meaning of this is staggering–any productivity gains from the digital revolution have been more than wiped out by our corporate (as well as personal) addiction to debt.
economics  investment  debt  leverage  failure  trends 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Michael Bérubé - The futility of the humanities
Interesting, is it not, when you adopt a wider disciplinary perspective than that provided by Deresiewicz? Suddenly it looks like philosophy might have been isolated from the rest of the arts, humanities and interpretive social sciences, and “theory” might have been the means by which scholars conversed across the disciplines of English and comparative literature, art history, architecture, musicology, anthropology, etc.
critical-theory  literature  theory  humanities  academia  trends 
june 2009 by tsuomela
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