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Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Please watching this video of wise rants by ALEX ‘SANDY’ PENTLAND. I agree with most of what he has said. I should start recording thoughts on film more. Ideas on how we leverage data to identify each other is where the heavy lifting of socio-economic philosophy resides in this century. Narrowing the focus from averages of groups to the individual. We are in extraordinary times. Over the course of the next few weeks when I get some downtime for the holidays, i will comment in more detail about Pentland’s conversation.

Insight: the next genre change

originally @ healthcareandthesocialweb.ning

In the middle of the last decade we started to see a flurry of research papers stemming from universities and like institutions harping on the idea of “casual information visualization” and the how human-kind would engage the grand data infrastructure that was newly recognizable in our internet searches and social networks. As usual, the public intellectuals lead the discovery of a problem where our technological infrastructure, both software and hardware, couldn’t meet the demand of being able to understand the data exhausted from the world surrounding us.

Three years into this decade we’ve finally seen a convergence of infrastructures hardware, software, and methodological-ware (cultural in most cases), where individuals have an identifiable need for insight from the data in their ecosystem to make their daily decisions, better. Insight is the objective of computing.

As far as the 21st century goes, we are at the commencement of yet another genre change in technological development. We’ve seen 1) Search 2) Social … and now 3) Insight will lead the next wave of software, hardware, and methodological development. Human-kind continually endeavors to make sense of the surrounding world.

What is an insight? Intuitively apprehending the true nature of a thing. While the philosophical community has never been able to firmly depict the true nature of “being” for a plethora of phenomena and opinion, human-kind’s sustained existence shows that one pervasive objective has always been to understand and adapt. Insights of sorts; across the political, economic, socio-cultural, and technological spectrums will ultimately ensuring our endured existence.

Confirming Value in Human-Kind


I’ll just start right out with it. The problem with this century is and will continue to be (unless we fix it philosophically), how we compensate the individuals of our species for the value that they add to our evolving existence.

We have the tools today to start quantifying the value that human-kind generates based on the following phenomena:

  • Degrees-of-separation – This is the number of others that each person has the ability to influence from a PEST (politically, economically, socio-culturally, or technologically) standpoint beyond a nominal rate.
  • Influence – This is information published and could be rhetoric, opinions, research findings, creations, reactions, etc. I think that the field of ethnography in sociological study has shown us that people influence each other via their culture and language regardless of the macro geographic or economic conditions.
  • Action – This s where the data compiled from the prior is used to argue in the legal fashion the just due for labors of publication and participation. Per Integrationalism, we understand that every innovation is crowdsourced regardless of how large/small it is. Further, those so compelled will have grounds to actively negotiate the value of their existence.

In the information technology age where the buzz word BigData I so difficult to understand from an implementation standpoint, we find ourselves (in my opinion) overwhelmed with information resources. Like any situational abundance, it is difficult to see the opportunities, even as they are within our grasp.

The current view on value and creation: a provider entity (individual or institution) produces a product/service and a consumer entity pays with insights and value for exchange. I think that it is possible to prove in many situations that the consumer or 3rd parties influence heavily on the provider; and further, that the provider is owning a too pervasively, consuming too much of the value produced by product/service creation. This is stifling to our growth and capacity to produce products/services.

On the ideal of Integrationalism, I’m looking to build a team to produce an application that generates both degrees-of-separation and influence more thoroughly than the utilities of social networks and micro blogs, but also factoring in financial transactions, location based data, viewership and participation in physical world events, and all voluntary information formally captured per the individual.

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