Another Paradox

One of the paradoxes in our digital age is the more data, the less knowledge. The more we know, the less we know.

In 2004 I was involved in launching a radical new form of datamining, using new mathematical concepts to fight combinatorial complexities. I remember I talked about it at a tradeshow and had to use quotes from T.S. Eliot’s ‘Choruses  from The Rock’ (1934) to get my message across.

Picture me standing before mathematicians, quoting: ‘ Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?’

Today there is even more data out there in the real world and here on the web. The Data Deluge is all around us.

We need new forms of information design. We need new ways of visualizing the data. Because a picture still tells more than a 1000 words. Here is a stunning documentary about visualization.

It only takes (only) one hour to watch. Time to spend versus lessons to be learned: another paradox.

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