David Weinberger’s new book, Too Big to Know, is partly about how massive data is useless without meaningful context. But a bigger part of it is about the limitations of our human brains. Modeling with computers can help in some cases, but it’s still tricky to get the comprehension right.
One thing is certain: things aren’t getting easier to understand, or maybe it’s just that we’re trying to understand inherently more sophisticated things. I’m definitely going to pick up Weinberger’s book and read it closely. He’s usually worth listening to.
(recommendation via FarnamSt.)