Data intermediaries

  • Atul Gawande Q&A in the New Scientist on his new book, The Checklist Manifesto. “The World Health Organization asked me to work out how to reduce deaths in surgery. We have the tools – specialisation and technology. But why do we continue to fail when we have trained surgeons who have access to technology? So I started thinking that the trouble must be with complexity – the complexity of what we know exceeds an individual’s ability to deliver results correctly and safely. In other complex fields, such as aviation, they use checklists.”
  • Minority Report “Tom Cruise as conductor” gesture-based interface comes to life. “The old model of ‘one human, one machine, one mouse, one screen’ is passe.”

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