Politicians are consummate performers

by scott pickard

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Politicians are consummate performers…

When it comes to politicians, let the citizen be on their guard. Successful politicians are consummate performers possessing a good sense of humor, a flair for the dramatic, a winning smile, a talent for schmoozing, good timing and how to work the moment and the crowd, a gift for gab, and quick on their feet. With these talents, a politician can talk about anything from technical to non-technical; local to global; silly to important; a topic they know something about to a topic they know nothing about. They may not always know what is best, and they may not always be good decision-makers, and they may not always be truthful or trustworthy, but they ARE determined and clever survivors and will always tell a majority of the voters what they want to hear to sustain their position.

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Global Social Radar

by scott pickard

There is an opportunity to develop a social radar system that utilizes big data pulled from various sensors, social media, international marketing firms, polling firms, and other sources of data, which is applied to socio-cultural analysis (SCA) and predictive analytics to avoid strategic surprise in support of the long-term stability and resiliency monitoring and understanding of at-risk mega-cities; and, the reconstitution of societies torn by conflict or natural disaster.  This could form the basis for a global systematic monitoring and forecasting system for planning left of bang stability and resiliency operations.  This system could be leveraged by public and private (corporate) policy makers, and military and intelligence communities.

Important statistics supporting the need for the social radar:

  • 95% of population growth to 2050 will be in developing countries
  • The majority of this population growth will be concentrated in the world’s mega-cities
  • Megacity slums in the developing world present long-term security risks due to the rapid increase of under- and ungoverned populations
  • These areas are poorly understood due to the lack of governance, inadequate data collection techniques, and the highly dynamic socio-cultural environment
  • Approximately 20% of the world’s states are now considered failed states or are at severe risk of failing, which sets the stage for progressive phases of unrest, instability, violence, political crisis, revolution, war…..  Many of the at-risk mega-cities exist within these failing or high-risk states

Such a project could benefit by a multidisciplinary team drawing on some combination of the following disciplines:

  • Big data and predictive analytics
  • Communication networks
  • Complex systems
  • Critical infrastructures: stability, recovery, resiliency
  • Economics
  • Formal methods
  • Game theory
  • Image processing
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Secure cloud computing
  • Secure remote sensing and wireless transmission
  • Smart Grid
  • Social media
  • Social science: humans and trustworthiness

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