The world is awash in bullshit.

Information Technology Big Data  The world is awash in bullshit. > Trust/Truth If computers do all the deep thinking, what do we do? Whoever has the best (meaningful, curated) data, wins. Is the company ready for the deluge of unstructured data coming in from transactions, social media, sensors and machines (IoT)?  What ethical issues are raised by the spectre of a big data-driven world?  in general: machine learning in business: Evolution of Analytics | agriculture: Agrible | twitter stream: Dataminr | analytical skills: Insight IQ | automated data collection/monitoring: connotate | automated analysis: WolframAlpha Pro | behavioral analytics: ginger.io | customer analytics: nuevora | democratization: contextrelevant | drag-n-drop: rapidminer | earth: dataone | energy management: hara | hadoop: hortonworks, karmasphere | health care: Visiquate | industrial: MANA | marine and buoy data: Planet OS | market research: keltonglobal | NoSQL: mongoDB | oil & gas: drillinginfo | oncology: flatiron |  open source: Dataverse | real-time: webaction, zoomdata | robots and jobs: Rise of the Robots Ford | neural networks: Make Your Own Neural Network Rashid | tiny clues uncover huge trends: Small Data Lindstrom big idea | The Black Box Society Pasquale |

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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