Despite its unintended consequences, I’m optimistic about technology. What choice do we have?
Author Archives: Alistair
Quick video of how to show a siphon to a 3-year-old.
I’m a big believer that you lay the foundations for thinking at an early age. My daughter’s in a preschool that invites parents to teach classes, so rather than whining about the lack of science education, I thought I’d do something about it. Yesterday I ran the second science lesson I’ve taught there. It wasRead more
Organizations resist change because they’re in an equilibrium, and it takes a disruption to move the market they’re in to a new one. Or why Visa doesn’t care about me.
We’re wired to seek controversy and novelty and to find false positives; all of these make bad science but good headlines. We have to stop all this magical thinking, or the magic itself will stop.
Dave McCrory’s work on Data Gravity says that the tendency of data to cling together comes from the usefulness of the resulting knowledge. Here’s a concrete example.