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Data Science and Terminology

This post is an extensively edited version of my Data Science page, together with my Terminology page and some new material.  The first part of this, exploring the differences between science, technology and engineering is a bit pedantic, but addresses … Continue reading

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Data Science

I have recently added a page on Terminology to my RecursiveExhaustion.com site, but I must clear up something more fundamental first.  Data Science and Data Technology are not the same thing.  Even the book called Data Science in the MIT … Continue reading

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Recursive Exhaustion Wipes Out Privacy

The summary:  it is possible to collect very large amounts of social data without anyone’s knowledge or permission.   What Cambridge Analytica did was trivial, a drop in a large bucket.  See RecursiveExhaustion.com for more information. The easy explanation:  start with … Continue reading

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What’s a Gigabyte Good For?

This is cross-posted from my new site intended for notes about my unfinished novel, along with some excerpts.  This is the first excerpt, which explains Recursive Exhaustion in a single short paragraph, then says just how much could be done … Continue reading

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Please Do Whatever You Can to Publicize This Website

The prospect of Very Large Scale Social Data Collection is very disturbing. I’m certain that the ability to collect vast amounts information on everyone, including children, without anyone’s knowledge or permission will change society in ways none of us can … Continue reading

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Good vs. Evil, really!

Good vs. Evil — the oldest plot line in history.  This post is about available data — do we try to keep it out of the hands of the bad guys or let us defend ourselves with it?   There is … Continue reading

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Using Anonymous Data

Enormous Value and Use of Anonymously Collected Social Data I don’t want to give the game away, but I have too many technical details on a (hopefully) imaginary conspiracy in the techno-thriller novel I’ve been writing to actually fit within … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With The Brooklyn Bridge Example

This is a piece of the Brooklyn  Bridge example image in the Internal Recursive Exhaustion post.  It is remotely possible that in my lazy slapdash way I constructed a poor example.  If you read the full page, you will see … Continue reading

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Internal Recursive Exhaustion Example

This image shows not only the Brooklyn bridge but it’s history. Here is a fictional account of recursive exhaustion over the time domain, from an unfinished novel.  In it a brilliant young woman mathematician explains internal recursive exhaustion.  In it, … Continue reading

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New Tool can Make Society Work or Destroy It

For more than half of my life I have had faith in the potential of social technology to change the world for the better — making all of us happier, ending worldwide conflicts, eliminating poverty and funding medical research.  But … Continue reading

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