16 things we learned in 2016

16 things we learned in 2016


1. It’s not human versus machine, it’s humans and machines. As the fourth industrial revolution unfolds, experts reckon artificial intelligence and roboticshave the greatest potential, but need the most human oversight.

2. Our brains label someone as an ‘outsider’ or part of ‘our group’ within 170 thousandths of a second. The neuroscience of populism runs deep, but advances in understanding the brain could drive huge progress.

3. Young people are more comfortable with globalization than the old. Our Global Shapers Survey of over 26,000 young people revealed them most concerned with upholding open ideals of global citizenship, and worried about corruption, climate change and a lack of opportunity.

4. Social media is completely transforming politics. But we don’t know whether it is a complete threat to democracy, or not.

5. Mediocre is the new normal. At least as far as economic growth is concerned. That was the view from top economists, looking at the world from China, just after the UK voted to leave the EU.

6. Economists’ tool boxes are emptying. According to the Global Competitiveness Report, monetary stimulus doesn’t work if economies are not competitive, and innovation is increasingly important.

7. Some countries are more innovative than others: Singapore, Finland, and Sweden amongst them.

8. But the best countries for living both well and sustainably are neither rich nor European.

9. There may be some easy ways to boost growth. Like giving eyeglasses to those who need them.

10. We won’t have gender equality in the workplace until 2186. Yes, 2186: 170 years from now as progress slips backwards.

11. The global economy is failing 35% of the world’s talent. Our Human Capital Report found that only 65% of people are fulfilling their potential through education, skills and work.

12. Skills are changing. Fast. Many of the 10 most in-demand skills didn’t even exist a decade ago, but some very basic human traits, like sharing and negotiating, will never go out of fashion.

13. The future of finance is blockchain. This technology, perhaps the buzzword of the year, is set to revolutionise how money flows around the globe. Other emerging technologies set to shake up the world include the Internet of Nanothings.

14. Emerging markets will power global growth next year and beyond.China’s economy is gliding smoothly off its peaks; Africa’s growth story is only just beginning; India’s progress will be powered by manufacturing; and innovation is transforming Latin America.

15. In 2016, and probably for all eternity, people wanted to know what would make them more successfulhappier, and better leaders.

16. And… being bored is good for you.

I quite like this version of my name including the square root of pi

I recently got a newsletter from the ODI. Nothing unusual there, except for the fact that my name was spelled wrongly. It is clear that their mail merge does not know how to handle accented characters, but I must admit that I quite like this version of my name… I mean it includes the square root of \pi! How cool is that‽

I shall start using that version!

Pi_J_Name

My 2015 year in blogging

I just received my 2015 annual report from WordPress, where I am told how my year in blogging went. This time I received two reports as I moved URLs some time in the first quarter of the year. so here are some bits and bobs:

ANNUAL REPORT FOR JROGEL.COM

Crunchy numbers

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

The busiest day of the year was April 10th with 57 views. The most popular post that day was Quantum Tunnel Website.

Posting Patterns

In 2015, there were 57 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 822 posts.

LONGEST STREAK

25 April – 27 April

BEST DAY

Attractions in 2015

These are the posts that got the most views in 2015. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

How did they find you?

Where did they come from?

JRogel Map

That’s 90 countries in all!
Most visitors came from United Kingdom. The United States & Russia were not far behind.

ANNUAL REPORT FOR QUANTUMTUNNEL.WORDPRESS.COM

Crunchy numbers

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

There were 11 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14 MB. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 24th with 338 views. The most popular post that day was Fixing disabled bundles/plugins for Mac Mail.

Posting Patterns

In 2015, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 782 posts.

LONGEST STREAK

19 February – 20 February

BEST DAY

Attractions in 2015

These are the posts that got the most views in 2015. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2015. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.

How did they find you?

Where did they come from?

QuantumTunnel Map
That’s 168 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Brazil & United Kingdom were not far behind.

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2015 was 15 Unique Illnesses You Can Only Come Down With in German – Reblog

These were your 5 most active commenters:

 grashalmkehrseite 1 COMMENT

 floggingmaria 1 COMMENT

 Joana 1 COMMENT

 antoniosrferreira 1 COMMENT

 vein 1 COMMENT

 

The Quantum Tunnel Website has a new home

As I mentioned in the last post of this blog while still hosted in WordPress.com, the Quantum Tunnel Website has a new home. This time the blog is supported without ads and that is a good thing!

Quantum Tunnel 1 You will find the older posts both in this site as well as in the previous blog, so double the fun! In this new home you will find a few more pages and information not as easily available in the previous one, for example some pages dedicated to Data Science, Science and Technology, Geekiness, Rugby and even the Essential Matlab and Octave book.

You may want to suscribe to continue receiving notifications about the posts and you can get in touch or even ask a question.

Welcome back and keep in touch!

Happy New Year full of data!

Happy New Year: Data O’reilly Media

We’re ringing in the New Year with a look at 10 of our top Radar data posts of 2014. Take a look and see what you missed.Happy New Year

  1. Big data’s big ideas
  2. Questioning the Lambda Architecture
  3. Why the data center needs an operating system
  4. Untapped opportunities in AI
  5. “It works like the brain.” So?
  6. One man willingly gave Google his data. See what happened next.
  7. What is deep learning, and why should you care?
  8. Why local state is a fundamental primitive in stream processing
  9. There are many use cases for graph databases and analytics
  10. Scaling NoSQL databases: 5 tips for increasing performance
We hope that 2014 was amazing and 2015 surpasses it in every way. Thanks for sharing a little of your time with us every week during 2014.

2010 in review according to WordPress stats

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

 

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 116 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 147 posts. There were 123 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 17th with 161 views. The most popular post that day was Desert Island Discs with Torquil Norman.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, bbc.co.uk, facebook.com, network.nature.com, and jrogel.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for adam bekele, shashank virmani, lhc cartoon, random elephants in london, and the times phil campbell tomorrow’s giants.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Desert Island Discs with Torquil Norman December 2010
3 comments

2

Keep your desktop desktop tidy Mendeley style – Quantum Tunnel Podcast August 2010
3 comments

3

Mantén el escritorio limpio al estilo Mendeley September 2010

4

Visiting Bletchley Park – Alan Turing statue May 2010