Theory and Petabyte Science

I recently came across an article in Wired, "The End of Theory:  Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete".  To sum it quite quickly:  the volumes of data available to entities such as Google allow analysis of data without hypotheses,…

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Workshop on Research 2.0

A while back I posted links to some research on Web 2.0 tools and scientific collaboration. For anyone who might be interested, there is a Workshop on Research 2.0 offered as part of the next Conference on e-Social Science. The…

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The Next Social Revolution

Clay Shirky posted his talk from last week’s Web 2.0 conference as a wonderful piece on what he calls social surplus – extra cognitive capacity that people don’t know how to spend at first. He argues that our next revolution is the shift from spending our spare cognitive cycles consuming content – watching TV – to spending our spare cognitive cycles consuming, producing, and sharing content.

It’s an interesting train of thought. I particularly like the bit at the end:

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