What better way to cap off a very intense week of UN negotiations and reflections on the last 15 years of Millennium Development Goals than…a huge party in Central Park?? That’s what’s happening now. Follow the action at glblctzn.tumblr.com.
The House just passed my bipartisan Obamacare repeal bill.
(Oh, and welcome to my new Tumblr!)
Important milestone alert: the very first spat between members of Congress on Tumblr.
(“Apparently, Takano is also the sponsor of H.R. 745213, a Bill to Resolve All House Disputes in the Tumblr Forum.” - h/t markcoatney.com)
Reflections on #PFD13
#PDF13 gave its attendees a glimpse into our future world. We learned about Singularity University, a new educational institution designed to prepare students to tackle real-world problems. A variety of civic startups demonstrated how data can be uses to dramatically improve the provision of social services to the most disadvantaged members of our communities. Advances in technology and medicine will allow us to constantly monitor our bodies and intervene when we are about to fall ill.
Despite the promises of technological progress, the problems we will face in this “new world” are old ones. Kimberly Bryant's talk reminded us that we still need to work on creating inclusive communities where women and minorities are not left behind. Panels on technology policy proved the age-old question on what is the proper role of government will never go away. We are trying to discover how staid institutions, like government and universities, can adapt to our changing world.
There are many reasons to be optimistic. From the speakers to the attendees, there appeared to be a real desire to tackle these problems. Everyone appeared to be interested in forming private-public coalitions and reaching out to some of their political opponents to begin working on solutions. This desire to cooperate is perhaps more exciting than all of the gadgets and software that we can create.
The “biggest winner of the 2012 election” (aka Nate Silver) presents his BS-meter (modeled on the old terror alert system) to evaluate information sources & “expertise.”
market-based approach > market worship
robust data > “big data”
scientific consensus > peer-reviewed paper
process focus > outcome focus
probabilism > certainty
“Probability is the waystone between ignorance and knowledge. Sometimes the pundit who says ‘I don’t know’ is the one you should trust.”
Audience at #pdf13 is furiously taking notes.