More technology this week. This time the question is what’s the human role in the future.

picture of Max Shron's book cover for Thinking with Data for Five Links: Watching the Data Flow Edition

Are we necessary parts of the emerging machine or are we headed for lives of leisurely squalor?

Do we need more engineers or less?

  • Thinking with Data (podcast)
    Give it a listen. Max Shron is the author of the particularly useful new book Thinking with Data. The case he makes will be familiar to you. The tools you use to work with data are way, way less important than having the right questions and a good plan to wrestle with the answers.
  • How to Map Your Moves Data
    From the folks at Quantified self, a tutorial on using Moves to navigate your geolocation data. It’s a great introduction to a set of tools that are useful in applying data to maps. In the medium term, this will become an essential skill in HR Departments. It will help manage all sorts of transportation and time management issues across the company.
  • RobotEconomics
    You should add this blog to your reader. (You do have a reader, don’t you?). Scan everything, dig in deeply on occasion. “The challenges and opportunities of automation for the workforce” is a gateway to intelligent conversation on the emerging workforce issues.
  • Why Wolfram|Alpha’s Algorithm Still Relies On Human Smarts
    One of crop of recent pieces on the importance of keeping humans in the mix. It turns out that big data and little data require human insight on an ongoing basis.
  • The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage.
    Oh, yeah. That thing about 25% of STEM grads being unable to get STEM jobs at graduation. AND the little advertised fact that 87% of STEM job holders are not STEM degree holders. Yeah, that thing.

Bonus Link

  • The Internet tsunami: 8 big insights on what it disrupts next
    Read this piece closely. It describes the next layers of internet wrought change. It includes this gem:
    “The Internet, automation, and robotics will disrupt the economy as we know it. How will we provide for the humans who can no longer earn money through labor?” said Robert Cannon, Internet law and policy expert. “The good news is that the technology that promises to turn our world on its head is also the technology with which we can build our new world. It offers an unbridled ability to collaborate, share, and interact. ‘The best way to predict the future is to invent it.’ It is a very good time to start inventing the future.”

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