Thoughts on: โ€œThank You for Being Lateโ€ by Thomas L. Friedman

As a professional within software development I really felt the increase in the speed with which new technologies replace older one in recent years. We are barely able to get familiar with the basics of the latest tech before it’s considered “old” and in need of replacement.


Thanks to Moore’s Law, the law that says that the number of transistor in an intergrated circuit doubles approximately every 2 years, the power of computers have increased at a exponential rate, while the price of hardware is on a steady decline.


Today connectivity is ubiquitous and complexity is free (thanks to the “cloud”). Amplify this with smart software (apps) and Moore’s Law and you will understand why the world is moving really fast. And it’s accelerating.


This book sets out to explain; why the world has gotten so fast and later looks at what challenges we face in this accelerating world. And lastly how to deal with those challenges and strive this new era.


๐Ÿ“ In 1997 the AsciiRED supercomputer was the size of a tennis court. Consumed energy equal to 800 houses and cost 55 million dollars.


๐Ÿ“ 2005: PS3 1.8 teraflops. 299 dollars.


๐Ÿ“ “It’s so easy to spread our political view online. And because they stay published forever. We are less motivated to change opinion.”


๐Ÿ“Skills for the future: Coding, math, life long learning, creativity, self motivation, entrepreneurship, improvisation, grit, critical thinking, communication, collaboration”


๐Ÿ“ Columnists about the Austrian election:

“We are in a situation where people don’t understand the world anymore because its changing so fast. And then came the immigrants and people where told that politicians had lost control over the borders. That just heightened the sense that control was gone”


๐Ÿ“ When you get off track in the age of accelerations there is a long road back.


โญ๏ธ To implement: Read a books like this every year to keep up and maintain an understanding for “how’s” and “whys” in a world of rapid change.


A great book! But the last part, about the importance of a strong community, drags on forever. This is unfortunate. It lands in a good point, but it could have been done in a fraction of that time.

3/5

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Thoughts on: โ€˜Everybody Lies – Big Data, New Day and What the Internet Can Tell Us Who We Really Areโ€™

The premise of this book is that big data is destined to have a big impact on social sciences. By analyzing millions of peoples behavior online we get access to data is not just new, it’s honest. It shows things previously hidden and private.

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The research presented in this book is based on Google searches and PornHub data. What’s so special about these sources and compared to, let’s say, Facebook or survey data? People tend to lie to surveys and on Facebook to look good. This is called social desirability bias. But in our google searches on the other hand we tend to tell the truth about or worries, insecurities and hidden desires.

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๐Ÿ“ “Don’t trust what people tell you, trust what people do.”

People say they want to listen to the news in the morning, but what they really want to do is watch midget porn.

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๐Ÿ“ Newspaper owners don’t try to indoctrinate people with their political views as much as they just give people what they want. The political climate in the area dictates what kind of paper is dominating. No conspiracy, just capitalism!

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๐Ÿ“ “Great body, great sex, great blowjob” may be the most viewed pornographic clip on the internet. The Gangnam style of porn! Not as shared on social media, though. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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๐Ÿ“ Horrible searches in not likely to lead to horrible actions.

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๐Ÿ“ Before 2010 women was looking to get a smaller butts, but in 2010 the trend reversed. Now searches are about getting a bigger butt. Thanks, Kim Kardashian…

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๐Ÿ“ Social media post: my husband is amazing!

Google search: is my husband gay?

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What I really loved about the book is the many the examples of counterintuitive conclusions derived from people searches. Also the possibility “big data” is presenting in teaching us more about the human psyche, especially on topics that are so sensitive we tend to lie about them (even in anonymous surveys).

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4/5

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