The earliest writing was cuneiform from the Mesopotamian civilizations. The writing was hard to do (reeds and clay tablets) and difficult to read (at one point over 1,000 symbols). A specialized class called dubsars, better known by the more generic term scribe, developed over time. To become a scribe required extensive training. The scribe maintained… Continue reading From Scribes to Data Scientists
There is a story (and significant debate on whether it is true) that during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, a man invented flexible glass (vitrum flexile). He was given an audience with the Emperor and demonstrated the unbreakable qualities of the glass by throwing a drinking vessel to the ground. The vessel was… Continue reading Digital Vitrum Flexile
Prior to the electronic storage of data, the primary medium for recording information was (and for many still is) paper. Big Data is focused on what can be done with the massive amounts of data organizations are creating and collecting. I was wondering if, at one time, there was a similar challenge in regards to… Continue reading I heard of Big Data. Does that mean at one time there was Big Paper?
How we view the past says more about we see the present than we do about the past. Look at how history books divide up eras – the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Age of Sail, etc. Technology is the dominant feature in defining eras. Did the average 15th century farmer see themselves as… Continue reading Looking Back
In the 15th century, the heavily armored knights and men-at-arms were the masters of the battlefield. Years of training and expensive equipment were required to be an effective soldier. As such, it was the domain of the nobility only. Ordinary people could not compete against their might nor did they have the resources acquire the… Continue reading Once more unto the breach
The premise of this blog is that we are in a state of transition. It is a commonly held belief as one hears politicians, business leaders and others talk about how we need to embrace change. Take what we have learned from the past, acknowledge the present, and head for a glorious future (or something… Continue reading Renaissance or Restoration?
“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero Or everyone is writing a blog (ahem). How often have you heard the lament that children no longer obey their parents? Apparently, things have been deteriorating since around 100 BC. There must have been some idyllic… Continue reading The Past Ain’t What It Used to Be