Human eras defined by modes of communication

The above video presents four eras of human communication from an evolutionary perspective where there was a long time when humans only gestured and grunted, then there was a long time when humans spoke but did not write, then a long time when people wrote. The useful information is the progression of information content possible with each era. The unnecessary information is evolutionary explanation. For this discussion to work, there doesn’t have to be a specific period of time when human culture flourished with illiterate people fluent in verbal languages. There are clearly expansions of content starting with gestures, then adding verbal languages, then adding written languages. The Internet era allows us to publish and retrieve information separately from the story-telling.


Permission to Innovate

In response to Wall Street Journal’s published opinion-piece The End of the Permissionless Web, I had mixed reactions. The title alone got my attention.   I read it as the encroachment of more regulation of what we can do with the Internet.    Although the article did address some specifics, they were not of the nature…

Dark Data: Who is tipping smart cars?

In big data, the discoveries are little things that catch our attention.    This is much like scanning the daily news and spotting a story that catches your attention.   It is a little extreme to compare big data analysis with reading the morning newspaper, but there are parallels. The amount of fresh content available…