"What will it take to build emotive-and-empathic data experiences? Less data science and more data art — which, in other words, means that data wranglers have to develop correlations between data much like the human brain finds context. It is actually not about building the fanciest machine, but instead about the ability to ask the human questions. It is not about just being data informed, but being data aware and data intelligent."
- Om Malik | Coffee & Empathy: Why data without a soul is meaningless
"‘Mobile search is just broken. Everyone in this goes to Yelp and searches and each of us get the same result. That’s clearly a broken model because every one of us is going to do different things or have different favorites’ [Dennis Crowley] said, highlighting that Foursquare’s focus is on personalized search, with result tailored to the user based on their previous information."
- Foursquare Shifts To Search - Forbes
"The disorientation everyone blames on “information overload” may in fact have less to do with the amount of data we are being asked to process than the number of simultaneous people we are being asked to be."
- (thenewinquiry via nathanjurgenson)
"Data inherently has all of the foibles of being human. Data is not a magic force in society; it’s an extension of us."
- Mark Hansen (via stoweboyd)
"The “Digital Universe” study finds that mature markets continue to account for the largest share of digital data, but that the geographic composition of the digital universe is rapidly changing. Currently, the US accounts for the largest share – 32% – of the digital universe, with Western Europe (19%), China (13%), and India (4%) accounting for another 36%, and the rest of the world the remaining 32%.
But while emerging markets accounted for only 23% of the digital universe in 2010, that share has already grown to 36% this year, and is predicted to reach 62% in 2020. In fact, that year, China alone will generate 22% of the world’s data… Between 2012 and 2020, the size of the digital universe will double every 2 years."
- Just 0.5% of the World’s Massive Trove of Online Data is Being Analyzed
"Just as smartphones revolutionized how we avoid talking to each other and food trucks changed our tolerance for eating while standing on the street, the emergence of data science as a vehicle for expression is going to radically change how we create. It gives us a new way to tell the story of the world around us. Even if it’s just to find out how racist our current location is."
- Baratunde Thurston (via fastcompany)