Is Technology Making Our Lives Richer Or Poorer? A conversation between Nicholas Thompson, a senior editor covering technology for the New Yorker, and computing pioneer Jaron Lanier. They’ll discuss the virtues of technology, but also the ways it has made us less imaginative, more distracted, and less connected to other people. Lanier is one of the founders of “virtual reality,” but he has since become the most prominent critic of what technology has wrought. Last year, he published “You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto,” a provocative critique of digital technologies, including Wikipedia (which he called a triumph of “intellectual mob rule”) and social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, which Lanier has described as dehumanizing and designed to encourage shallow interactions.
Sean Gourley, co-founder and chief technology officer of data analytics company Quid, however, underscored the importance of overlaying a human perspective on a machine’s computational outlook. The easiest problems to solve are ones that can be easily quantified. But, Gourley asked in his presentation, should we really only focus on the easiest problems?
How Big Data Can Drive Business and Journalism Strategies for Media Companies Media companies are hungering for a precise understanding about their audience members’ engagement of news and sales content across media platforms. Media companies want to understand where the advertising and other revenue markets are moving – in their specific geographies. Big Data is “The New Oil” because it enables media companies to capture a powerful understanding of their audiences and business opportunities for the future. The speakers at this inaugural Big Data event for Media will focus on the many opportunities and tools to carry out Big Data strategies at your companies. Where: London’s Millbank Tower, hosted by Open Society Foundations When: Friday, 7 June 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Meet me here Friday June 7, 2013, in London!
From an IBM study of more than 1,700 Chief Marketing Officers, 71% say they are under-prepared to deal with the ‘data explosion’ they face in the marketing arena, even as 79% say that customer analytics influence their strategy decisions
It’s also inevitable. Nothing can stop the generation of information, its dissemination and the burgeoning of knowledge. The rate of growth is exponential, doubling every few years. Innovative ways of harnessing information are now the “new economy” – or as futurist Gerd Leonhard would have it, “data is the new oil”.
Indeed, so it is:))