More massive datasets: more failure to look at them

According to the BBC news, MI5 do not have time to examine the very large amounts of evidence gathered on recent terrorists. The BBC says: “In February 2004, counter-terrorism officers began round-the-clock surveillance of the key suspects, including recording bugged conversations. The complete operation included: * 24,000 hours of video * 3,000 hours of audio…

Presidential Simulations

An article in OpedNews.Com by Andrew Bard Schmookler argues that US presidents should take part in a televised simulation, as part of the election process. Dr Schmookler asks: “wouldn’t it be good if we could see how well those running for the presidency can ask the necessary questions of the appropriate people, probe to get…

Modelling crowd behaviour

An interesting if highly technical paper called “The Dynamics of Crowd Disasters: An Empirical Study” by Dirk Helbing, Anders Johansson, and Habib Zein Al-Abideen derives mathematical modelling of crowd behaviourm, based on analysis of videos of the crowd disaster in Mecca during the Hajj on January 12, 2006. The authors conclude that: “…At occupancies of…

Avatars again.

After writing the last post on avatars, I found a paper by Nick Yee on the Proteus effect. This argues that our avatars shape and influence the self behind them. Of course this isnt a new idea – primitive societies make masks and use them in dances and rituals. Yee found that “participants assigned more…

The future of avatars

Rebang speculates about the future of avatars. Hes starting to convince me. Rebang says: “I figure Human Resource information will eventually be tagged to avatars used inside corporate simulations; and those avatars will be passed among companies (e.g. employer to insurance company to…). At some point I suspect public and corporate avatars will merge, meaning…

Demands on our attention.

Several serendipitous events have started me thinking about the demands made on our attention, and how simulators of all types compete amidst these demands. Its a truism that we are overwhelmed by facts and informtion competing for our attention. TV, computers, advertising, etc etc., a constant stream of words and images. This is why we…