It is fortunate for all of us that we don't see all the news all of the time, or become aware of all the futuristic ways companies are planning to engage with us. I recently read the book The Circle by Dave Eggers which paints a worrying picture of the future based around the over dominance of one 'social media' company. ..
The vernacular of 'Science 2.0' has become increasingly utilised in the debate about the future of science. Many media articles and conferences focus on this topic, and the European Commission has recently held a public consultation to better understand the impact of 2.0 and desirability of policy action to enable it.
It begins with the skip tracer collecting as much information as possible about the 'subject' who has to be traced down to his/her current inhabitation. The information that has been made available with the government agencies and family members is analyzed, reduced and then verified for its credibility.
For the vast majority of people living in the West, when you think about smartphones just two brands immediately spring to mind: Apple and Samsung. But if you live anywhere outside Europe or America, then it's likely that your first thought is not either of these giants, but the Chinese smartphone brand, Xiaomi.
An effective chart can answer many questions, but it can never answer all questions. It might answer the exact question the chart designer wanted to answer, but even the most astute designer cannot control his or her audience. A curious audience will read a chart and, with luck, come up with new questions.