Total Recall 2014

Help me understand this. BIG DATA is the business buzzword for the accumulation of massive amounts of bits and bytes that are meant to transform enterprises through unprecedented access to intelligence. Problem is that intelligence cuts two ways – one passive, the other active. The passive side of intelligence is in fact BIG DATA –…

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Information-less in the Age of Information

Here is the plot – the storyline – the elevator pitch for Hollywood: Forty minutes or so into a regularly scheduled flight…on a highly traveled route…a state-of-the-art Boeing 777 with 12 crew members and 227 passengers disappears…completely. No one knows how; no one knows where…. Mystery…. There is no radar trail, no satellite track, no last-minute texts…

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Remember Cell Phones?

Do you remember cell phones? We used to use them to make calls…. Today we have smartphones.  We use them to communicate, but also to take pictures, consume content, play games, buy and sell stuff, find our way, store data and get advertised to…. We pontificate on mobile – it’s here! Its time has come!…

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Power Abuse

If you don’t know all of the names, please follow the links – interesting that all have cause to fear the digital age…. What do Anthony Weiner, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Bashar Assad and Robert Mugabe all have in common? Power abuse.  Plain and simple. Add to that list Eliot Spitzer, Hosni Mubarak, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko…

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We know everything about you

“We know everything about you…!”

Sounds like one of those old B movies about some totalitarian country or another, where the bad guy leans over the hero or the heroine (it’s always a bad guy…) and threatens him or her with implied mounds of information. This also always begs the question why torture, but read on the answer might be near…

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Blink

What gives our decisions power and credibility?

Is it primarily deliberation and analysis? If so, our ability to access reams of data is surely a boon. Yet, to me, it doesn’t look like anyone, anywhere (being a little political here…) is making much better judgments than they did years ago—before we had access to digital data. Maybe…..our conversion rates using all that data are not much higher than they were when we were strictly analog and using the printed data cards Lester often talks about.

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Burgers

Why is it that sometimes we seem to work on auto-pilot? If you have a question – I have an answer! In fact, often we are really efficient, answering many questions with the same answer…

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