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If there's a common thread to be found in this week's Litmapped entrants, I think it's gut meets data. Just like the election, except, in some instances, gut puts up a better fight. In Paris, Twain has evidence the French don't understand English, but he just knows they'll understand him. In the corner office, Pentland says: go forth and gather group signals before you make that decision. In Silicon Valley, Kevin Simler says: engineers are warm-blooded primates afterall. And in Cambridge, Chomsky concludes: quantity occludes.
Our litmap, somewhat full:
David Wihl, CEO
It was a beautiful fall morning as I carefully packed the parachute, slid in the engine, and installed the igniter in my model rocket. I started the data collection program and slid the payload with a TI Bluetooth low energy SensorTag and an iPhone 4s into the payload bay. Yes, an iPhone. My wife's iPhone.
Christina Nguyen, UX Engineer
We aren’t just networked brains exchanging packets between vats. We are embodied creatures, situated in the world, running on evolved wetware. To fully appreciate what goes on inside a growing startup, it pays to remember that an engineer is also a primate.
Sean Kermes, Software Engineer
If you get more and more data, and better and better statistics, you can get a better and better approximation to some immense corpus of text, like everything in The Wall Street Journal archives -- but you learn nothing about the language.
From "Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong," by Yarden Katz Dan Medeiros, VP of Operations
The take-home message for managers is that if you want to make wise decisions, then be sure to spend time reading your organization's network intelligence. Create an open environment through the face-to-face promotion of trust and empathy so that it becomes easy to read the signaling. Spend time reading your group's signaling around each issue, taking care to adjust for the problems of idiots and gossip. By utilizing your group's inherent network intelligence, you can reliably make better decisions than you could on your own.
Claire Willett, Marketing & Development Manager
The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass. If the case be otherwise, I beg his pardon and extend to him the cordial hand of fellowship and call him brother. I shall always delight to meet an ass after my own heart when I have finished my travels.
From The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain
Scott Dugas, Software Engineer
The irony of using a British term for a silly or worthless person was not missed, either.
From Version Control with Git, Second Edition, by Jon Loeliger and Matthew McCullough