Expert Talk: David Weinberger on knowledge, big data, big science and paradigm shifts

“Computers start stitching information together by crawling through and hopping among all these different pieces. That enables us to study some things that we just couldn’t study before and to do so in new ways. So that is a very important development in the history of science”

“Filters are no longer reductive, so it’s no longer a pyramid, it’s a web. It’s a network, that’s the new shape of knowledge”

“We are much more aware that what we see is just a small bit of an ocean, of a shifting ocean, that is connected to the rest of the ocean”

Today in our video section: Technologist, professional speaker and commentator David Weinberger.

David Weinberger argues that the massive amounts of data necessary to deal with complex phenomena exceed any single brain’s ability to grasp, yet networked science rolls on. The question is how we will ever make sense of scientific topics that are too big to know? The short answer: by transforming what it means to know something scientifically.

Human readable data vs machine readable data

There’s too much to know – reductionist strategy for knowledge

From a pyramid to a web of knowledge – filtering forward

A better representation of complexity

About Thomas van Manen

Thomas van Manen is an analyst and digital/social strategist at VINT. His research focuses on the impact of Big Data, Mobile Information Technologies, Gamification and the Web of Things. He can help organizations roll out a Social (Business) Strategy and provide business managers with analysis on upcoming technology trends. He is the co-author of Game On, a report on the business impact of games and the potential of unleashing game dynamics onto business applications and four reports on Big Data. Thomas is also Chief Editor at the VINT research blog and was part of the HOT100 in 2012, a yearly selection of the most promising alumni in Media & Arts studies.


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