"The past is reduced to a slide show. The future is a YouTube video that won’t load. And the present is a jumble of jaunty yellow buttons blurting “omg” and “awww” and “tl;dr.” What else can we do but click through?"
— 794 Ways in Which BuzzFeed Reminds Us of Impending Death - NYTimes.com
"If you’ve ever seen or read a sci-fi story where factory workers are replaced by robots, Baxter is that robot. It can pack things in boxes. It can inspect, sort, and align parts. Baxter can even do “light” assembly. For $25,000—about the average annual cost of a US production worker’s salary—customers can drop Baxter into a repetitive assembly line job and have it work alongside its human counterparts."
— Hands-on with Baxter, the factory robot of the future | Ars Technica
"It seems LinkedIn has decided that its optimal strategy is to punish registered users."
The absurdity of LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a pretty dirtbag company. #shady
"If you were giving advice to graduate students in economics today I think “data hustle,” entrepreneurial, creative gathering of new data, or getting access to data that people haven’t looked at before, is a huge part of success in the profession right now."
— The economist who revealed how media bias works - Quartz
"Thick Data: ethnographic approaches that uncover the meaning behind Big Data visualization and analysis."
— Big Data Needs Thick Data | Ethnography Matters
"To really understand people, we must also understand the aspects of our experience — what anthropologists refer to as thick data. Thick data captures not just facts but the context of facts. Eighty-six percent of households in America drink more than six quarts of milk per week, for example, but why do they drink milk? And what is it like? A piece of fabric with stars and stripes in three colors is thin data. An American Flag blowing proudly in the wind is thick data."
— Your Big Data Is Worthless if You Don’t Bring It Into the Real World | Opinion | WIRED
"What gets measured, gets distorted."
— "The Yin and Yang of Benchmarking and Statistics", Omagom