Anthony Judge: Big Data Reflections

Advanced Cyber/IO, IO Sense-Making
Anthony Judge
Anthony Judge

My issue with any visualization, however brilliant, is that it assumes that it will engage consensus and action.

Missing is the recognition that even if we had a hard data visualization that one million people were to die tomorrow somewhere — even in New York — the level of engagement would be low. Who says so? Is it a scam? Is it spin? etc

There is a glass ceiling effect which is not addressed, irrespective of the nature of the crisis. Central Arica ciurrently offers an example. Increasingly, who cares, or why should I care? I walk pass beggars everyday. What is not evident from such visualization is what it is expected that anyone should do and why. My first take on this was:

Remedial Capacity Indicators Versus Performance Indicators

My second was:

Recognizing the Psychosocial Boundaries of Remedial Action constraints on ensuring a safe operating space for humanity

The Earth is not moved by good visualizations !

My think piece on big data:

Simulating a Global Brain

using networks of international organizations, world problems, strategies, and values

Abstract: The paper reports briefly on the ongoing process of systematic information collection and web presentation by the UIA of networks of over 30,000 international organizations, 56,000 perceived world problems, 32,000 advocated action strategies, and some 3,000 values — resulting in a total of 800,000 hyperlinks. These different entities constitute an interesting focal sub-system of whatever is to be understood by an emerging global brain – for which the “problems” might be understood as “neuroses”, if not “tumours”.

But I do think that the capacity to do anything with big data is very limited. We used fancy software — Netmap, as used by security services — but so what.See fancy graphic screenshots in:


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Preliminary NetMap Studies of Databases on Questions, World Problems, Global Strategies, and Values

It is not so much about glass ceilings as (double) glazed eyes !

See Also:

Big Data at Phi Beta Iota