- Computational Social Science (Nature) — Facebook and Twitter data drives social science analysis. (via Vaughan Bell)
- The Single Most Important Object in the Global Economy (Slate) — Companies like Ikea have literally designed products around pallets: Its “Bang” mug, notes Colin White in his book Strategic Management, has had three redesigns, each done not for aesthetics but to ensure that more mugs would fit on a pallet (not to mention in a customer’s cupboard). (via Boing Boing)
- Narco Ultralights (Wired) — it’s just a matter of time until there are no humans on the ultralights. Remote-controlled narcodrones can’t be far away.
- Shortcut Foo — a typing tutor for editors, photoshop, and the commandline, to build muscle memory of frequently-used keystrokes. Brilliant! (via Irene Ros)
"social science" entries
Computational Social Science, Infrastructure Drives Design, Narcodrones Imminent, and Muscle Memory
The meat-to-math ratio, Chicago embraces open government, and data science influences social science.
This week on O'Reilly: We learned how smart companies apply the "meat-to-math ratio," Chicago's commitment to open data and open government was explored, and we looked at how data science is shaping social science.
Decaying Friendships, Crowdsourced Cars, Aussie Gov 2.0, Zoomable Presentations
- Half of All Friends Replaced Every 7 Years — to put it another way, the half-life of friendship is 7 years. (via zephoria on delicious)
- Crowdsourced Car Design — an interesting approach, and I can imagine it being described as “threadless for cars”. (via timoreilly on Twitter)
- Australian Gov 2.0 Taskforce — The Aussies are getting their Gov 2.0 on. Check out Senator Kate Lundy’s Public Sphere event today got a lot of Twitter action.
- Prezi — sexy zoomable presentation creator. Keynote meets Ken Burns Effect on PCP. Nifty look from a Budapest-based startup.
This is the latest of a series of posts addressing questions regarding social technologies. Previous posts: The Evangelist Fallacy, Captivity of the Commons and The Digital Panopticon. These topics will be opened to live discussion in an upcoming webcast on May 27 with a special guest to be announced. In order to control a thing you must first classify a…