So many topics of conversation don’t seem to be able to go very far these days without mentioning data – how important it is, how it’s the new oil, how it all help us solve all the problems. And every time it comes up I become more and more skeptical about what all this data … Continue reading Data Versus Ideas
Behind every quantitative measure there is a qualitative judgment. - Elizabeth Churchill The idea encapsulated in this quote is extremely important given the current fascination with "big data". Data is not pure, it is abstracted right from it's inception by the judgement of individuals.
It's interesting that the current speculation about mobile technology is that smartphones may soon loose the phone component. You have AT&T boss predicting data only plans and massive speculation about a Facebook phone, the New York Times says the social network has been recruiting hardware engineers to build its own phone. What these two ideas do … Continue reading Data Only Phones