Science with Petabytes

Chris Anderson makes some bold claims about the future of science. There are plenty of objections to the article voiced in the comments section, and I think Anderson is a bit too dismissive (perhaps for effect?) of the methods that have gotten us this far. However, I do believe that there are basic limits to our ability to conceptualize. Look no further than number theory and Fermat’s Last Theorem, a math problem that can be stated in a single sentence yet took hundreds of years to solve. There are problems that our brains are not equipped to handle. Can computers help? Why not!


Was just checking out FriendFeed. It’s superfast and has a smooth, intuitive interface. Not surprising when you look at who built it. But systems like these dig same hole as the social networks and content sprayers, diluting your online identity by sending people to yet-one-more place to track you. It’s tricky because your attention is distributed. But your identity, well that’s a different story.

Inside NPR blog: “almost everything that you can find on that we have the rights to redistribute is available through the API.” Looks promising, have not had a chance to check it out yet.