Hawaii’s false alarm of missile attack: what if it occurred in a dedomenocracy?

In the actual case, humans facilitated the fast recovery after the false alarm because even though each person is specialized in terms of what they would have been doing that day, they would also, in large part, recognize the situation by observing people around them going about their own restoration of normal life.    The specialization among humans is fundamentally different from the specialization of machines in that despite the specialization in duties or goals, humans share their human identity.   They will adjust their expectations and demands in part to accommodate for the difficulties they can see others going through to meet those demands.   Also, people will volunteer their services in areas that they normally do not work.   In contrast, the various systems within an automated economy are less equipped to cooperate with unrelated systems, either in perceiving the need to cooperate, or having the capacity to help.


Error on the side of caution, but caution must be backed by science

In this case, the minimum viable product is a policy the forbids quarantines of Ebola exposed individuals, and advises us of no risk to participate normally in public and commerce. The data we are looking for is actual transmissions that can only be explained by the sneezing and coughing route. When that happens, we will have the proof we need to come out with the new-improved product of an updated policy that advises more precautions in public and recommends quarantines of exposed individuals. The minimum viable product succeeds best when it is fails because that is how we obtain the evidence we need to make a better product (in this case a policy).

Dark data of coincidences, followed by consequences

In earlier posts, I described the appeal of big data analysis to find answers to questions that lack any direct observations.   The idea is that enriching observations with additional details can expose patterns that can provide information otherwise we would miss. It is like a business marketing study of big data that finds that…

Tea time during Happy Hour

It is now happy hour, that period between 4 and 7 where bars try to attract after-work gatherings.   I am enjoying a quiet tea break instead.   Orange-spice blend herbal tea, to be exact. I live in Arlington Virginia within but at the edge of the DC urban area.   Most jobs are office…