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Hi! I’m Alistair. I write surprisingly useful books, run unexpectedly interesting events, & build things humans need for the future.

Tag: strata

  • Our timeline, ourselves

    In ten years, we’ll run every aspect of our lives with a personal timeline. That’s a slippery slope into walled gardens and towards the singularity.

  • On data and music

    From Mozart’s flourishes to today’s music streaming, I’m going to spend part of 2015 looking at how data is transforming music.

  • Old laws, new problems

    Instead of writing new laws to deal with tech, maybe we need to adapt the existing ones.

  • The role of big data in enterprise innovation

    I once joked that time is the primary key of the universe. I’ve since stopped thinking that’s a joke. As the world around us becomes increasingly data-driven (something we explored recently at O’Reilly Strata, a conference I help run) the way we make decisions changes at a fundamental level. Rather than framing a question, then […]

  • James Burke says the darndest things

    At Strata last week, science historian James Burke gave a brilliant keynote. Afterwards, we had a coffee break for members of the media, during which he expanded on some of the things he’d said on the main stage. The topic of the Internet came up. I love the way he put this: “I think the […]

  • Some thoughts on Big Data from Strata

    A quick video looking at where Big Data, and the Strata conference, are headed.

  • Three big data conversations

    I’m in Prague this week for WebExpo. Being largely detached from the constant interruptions of a North American timezone has given me a chance to think about big data from a somewhat more detached perspective. I’ve got three things I want to spend some time writing about in the coming weeks, and probably touching on at Strata […]