When the pirate operator Oliver Smedley shoots and kills his rival Reg Calvert in Smedley’s country cottage on June 21, 1966, it is a turning point in the careening career of the outlaw radio stations dotting the coastal waters of England. Situated on ships and offshore forts like Shivering Sands, these stations blasted away at […]
There are so many ways in which technology is changing things for the better. We use satellites to find our location on maps and we can ask our cellphones for driving directions. Thanks to logistics, inventory management and flexible manufacturing technologies, our supermarkets carry over fifty times as many items as the grocery stores of […]
From the author of The Cluetrain Manifesto comes Gonzo Marketing, a knuckle-whitening ride to the place where social criticism, biting satire, and serious commerce meet…and where the outdated ideals of mass marketing and broadcast media are being left in the dust. As master of ceremonies at the wake for traditional one-size-fits-all marketing, Locke has assembled a unique guest […]
Is “big data” really new? We always seem to have more data than we have the resources to process it; data has always seemed “big” to someone. After all, the guidance control computer on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969 had all of 64 kilobytes of memory. In Big Data: A Revolution That […]
Kenneth Neil Cukier is the Data Editor of the Economist and writes widely about what is happening in the big data arena. He is the author, with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, published by Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Big Data has been translated into more than a […]
Dr. Linda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale Child Study Center. She is also Special Advisor to the Dean in the Yale School of Medicine. Trained as a pediatrician, her research focuses on stress-response and regulatory mechanisms in young children at both biological and psychosocial […]
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy […]
Greg Laughlin received his doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1994 just a year before the first extrasolar planet was discovered around a sunlike star. After completing a series of postdoctoral appointments at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the University of […]
Allergy is the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. More than fifty million Americans suffer from allergies and they spend an estimated $18 billion coping with the disease. Yet despite advances in biomedicine and enormous investment in research over the last fifty years, the burden of allergic disease, which disproportionately affects […]
Few of us would question that the infrastructures of our globalized world are proof of the flat, Friedmanesque world in which we live. We manufacture our goods wherever we can get the best price and ship them anywhere the market demands efficiently. We can connect with any of hundreds of millions of people from pretty […]
Ten years after Cluetrain’s original publication, too many companies still ignore the idea that markets are really made up of people. In our rapidly changing world, this book’s message is more vital than ever. Companies may be wired for business, but they still struggle with how to talk to their customers like human beings.The 10th […]
What we know about the brain’s ability to learn and adapt is changing fast. Neuroscientists have shelved the long-held idea that the brain is malleable only in infancy, and that once we reach adulthood we lose the ability to make new connections. In its place is the notion of neural plasticity, the reality of a […]
Asaf Siniver is Associate Professor in International Security at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has published widely on the politics, diplomacy and history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, with particular emphasis on the role of external actors in the conflict and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Christian Sandvig is a faculty member at the School of Information specializing in the design of Internet infrastructure and social computing. His current work focuses on the implications of algorithmic systems that filter and curate culture. Sandvig's research has been covered widely by the media, in outlets including <em>The Economist</em>, <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>Le Monde</em>, National Public Radio, and CBS News among others.
Blake Clayton is a member of the Integrated Oil and Gas equity research team at Citigroup. Prior to joining Citigroup, Dr. Clayton was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he currently serves as an adjunct fellow on energy. He received a doctorate from Oxford University. The recipient of the University of Chicago […]
Richard Mark Gergel is a United States District Judge and presides in the federal courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Duke University, summa cum laude, and the Duke University School of Law. He returned to his hometown of Columbia to practice law, where he was […]