by Mike Matchett
Small World refers to the hot crowded “flat” world we’ve come to populate – everybody connected within 6 (or 8) friends of friends. How does this new world work given our evolutionary origins? I’m often inspired by behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, psychology and neural sciences of creativity and thought, network effects, and of course genetics. Mix up irrational humans, globe spanning technology, and the dreams of all for a better future, and what do you get?
Just so you know – I’m resisting as hard as I can to insert a certain Disney song here… I wouldn’t want our heads filled with it for the rest of the day.
Big Data is, of course, about big big data. Humongous volumes of data. So much that we aren’t just being facing “information overload” in the “news” sense, but we also now face a fundamental challenge to distill meaningful information. It seems there is too much to really make sense of, and yet the opportunity to mine new insights, derive new kinds of actionable intelligence, create new business ventures, and improve quality of life for all could be just at our fingertips. A few keystrokes and even the newest student of computing can be cloud processing the answers to life, the universe, and everything.
This situation reminds me of comedian Steven Wright‘s one liner – “Even though it’s a small world, I still wouldn’t want to paint it!”
Art and Photos on This Site
Some of the site theme images and photos come from this picture I took of a carousel at the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Ma.
About the Author, Me – Mike Matchett
We are living in the most interesting times there ever have been. It’s just not clear if that’s a blessing or a curse!