Indifference to dark data

We should learn from recent experience of large data technologies the lesson that decision making can benefit from streaming data in addition to (and often instead of) the publication science of one-time experiments.    It is clear now that policy making needs access to a continuous stream fresh data about old ideas, especially when that data accumulates over time.   With access to the technologies to do this work, it is unacceptable to base policies on the failed approaches of the past that rely on published studies.

Contemplating nothing

After viewing If the moon were only one pixel, the tediously accurate scale model of the solar system, I was immediately captivated by the point the author was making.   That point is that there is a lot of emptiness in space. There is nothing new about this.  Obviously the planets are far apart and…