Aren’t growth numbers ‘vanity metrics’ ?   Shouldn’t we stop to ask what we really want to know?  

 

Is what I tweeted while listening to another ‘growth’ and economy update. Increased market value and increased profits is what our economy seems to be based on. But is that what we want to achieve? Is increased profit and market value how we want to grow? Maybe we should redefine ‘growth’ altogether. Redefine it into something to evolve towards. Measure the things that matter if we want to really change our economy.

From a scientist’s point of view, there are no limits. Why can’t your smartphone measure the exact chemical composition of all the food you eat, the air you breathe, and the water you drink? It easily could. Why can’t the walls of your house be incredibly stable and heat insulating, while simultaneously thin, light, and even act as a huge screen? They could be. Such advances are not science fiction — the basic principles underlying them have basically been sitting on the shelves of our labs for decades, waiting for the right hands to bring them to life in our everyday world.

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The quest for the one true data wizard; a visual experiment

The quest for the one true data wizard; a visual experiment

Entrepreneurship inspiration Visualization

I was thinking about Big Data and the quest that a lot of companies seem to have for that one Data wizard that will be the answer to all of their Data questions. And though I am not convinced of one data wizard or analist or specialist being the answer, I wasn’t getting my head around what should be the answer either. Continue reading