Reducing Information Pollution

Email, Digital Photography, and the Hole in our Historical Record

Source: Nathan Zeldes's blog
Author: Nathan Zeldes
Date: 04/30/2017
Excerpt: Five millennia of written record are about to grind to a halt. The fault, of course, is with our marvelous digital inventions: email, instant messaging, social media, and so on. So much better than a posted letter on paper, or papyrus, or parchment, or clay – as fast as an electric current or radio wave, cheap, reliable… but totally ephemeral. Clay tablets survive for millennia; paper can, absent major disaster, stay legible for many centuries. Email disappears, most of it as soon as you hit DELETE, but even the rest, the messages you archive in folders, will not survive for more than a decade or two.
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Information overload: managing telematics data

Source: Fleet World
Author: Katie Beck
Date: 01/17/2017
Excerpt: The exponential rise in the adoption of telematics by companies is raising vital questions that every fleet manager should have answers to. With the devices generating reams of data, there is a growing onus on those controlling fleet operations to ensure that they are acting on this information and not ignoring ticking timebombs which could land them, and their business, in court.

$3.8 billion Slack is making a little change to solve a big problem with its business

Source: Business Insider
Author: Matt Weinberger
Date: 01/18/2017
Excerpt: Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest impact. For instance, when $3.8 billion work chat app Slack announces on Wednesday that it's adding threaded conversations, it's not just adding a much-requested feature that makes it easier to keep team conversations on-topic and get things done.
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Not your father’s markets: Wild markets present profound opportunities

Source: Farm Talk
Author: Raney Rapp
Date: 01/17/2016
Excerpt: Modern commodity markets are fickle, with profits and penalties seemingly jumping out of thin air. At the 2017 Kansas Soybean Expo, Advanced Market Concepts consultant Darrell Holaday explained tactics for farmers to make futures markets more friend than foe. Perpetual inputs cause extreme volatility in markets today, with information overload causing futures to “almost know too much,” Holaday said. While the prospect of jumping into unpredictable markets seems daunting to some, Holaday said today’s markets are more navigable than ever.

Metrics, metrics on the wall– which one should I use for my business?

Source: BusinessMirror
Author: Filbert Tsai
Date: 01/16/2017
Excerpt: Financial dashboards have become one of the most saleable feature of an accounting software. Filled with colorful graphs and data visualization tools, these dashboards provide quick insights on how a business is performing.

Trump, Putin, and the dangers of fake news

Source: The Parallax
Author: Gary Kasparov
Date: 01/16/2016
Excerpt: The past year was a somber one for democracies around the world, as distaste for political institutions and political elites reached a breaking point. Brexit triumphed over common sense, and united defense, in England. Extreme right-wing politicians continued their march to power in continental Europe. And the U.S. Electoral College victory of Donald Trump secured the election of a populist demagogue who openly criticizes the democratic system.

The Library of Babel and the information explosion

Source: IrishTimes
Author: Peter Lynch
Date: 01/19/2016
Excerpt: The world has been transformed by the internet. Google, founded just 20 years ago, is a major force in online information. The company name is a misspelt version of “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros. This name echoes the vast quantities of information available through the search engines of the company.

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