I’ve been getting cranky as I have been reading and hearing all the hype over big data — data sets created by 1950’s mindsets on top of 1970’s technology and largely irrelevant to 21st Century solutions. I’ve also been looking at a few “solutions” packages — SILOBREAKER is still my favorite and Palantir is a complete disappointment. Cheering me up, considerably, are the below two sites.
The first, ANTz is some of the most brilliant data visualization I have ever seen. I spent two hours with it this morning and it literally blew my mind. This stuff is so good it could potentially change how we govern and manage everything, within a decade. Visit them at http://www.edworlds.com/antz/toroids/.
The second, SynglyphX, is a new company that will in my view transform the information industry within the decade.
They are bringing the ANTz technologies (open source, by the way) to market, and have in the process created an entire new analytic language that is multidisciplinary, language-independent, and hence a kick ass cross-domain application architecture. If I were standing up the Open Source Agency (OSA) today, this would be the foundation for M4IS2 (multinational, multiagency, multidisciplinary, multidomain information-sharing and sense-making). Visit them at http://www.synglyphx.com/. They have loaded four demonstration videos, see those here.
One realization hit me this morning: what we have today in the way of data steams is retarded. Wrong data, wrong focus. Sensing is not where it’s at. A huge amount of work — much of it leveraging volunteer cognitive surplus, needs to be done. They will have to take models such as I and others have spent a lifetime developing, and “operationalize” those models. That means identify the specific data elements that must be collected, develop the true cost economic attributes for every behavior, product, and service, and then create a visual depiction of the disparity between what is possible, what is needed, and what is funded.
Somewhere in here every politician and every corporation and every non-profit is going to be held accountable for any separation of their programs from “ground truth.” PPBS, now defined by the 5% kick-backs, will become IPPBSV where I equals public intelligence and V equals public visualization. Creating a prosperous world at peace (eradication of corruption, generation infinite wealth) just got a boost. 1976-2013: Intelligence Models 2.1