Separate the SIGNAL from the NOISE

I’m trying to separate the SIGNAL from the NOISE.

Once upon a time, information was scarce, like music. You had to hunt for it, no one was pointing a fire hose at your face, which is what logging on to the Internet is like. It’s a tsunami of information. Time is limited. Where do you place your attention?

According to Eric Schmidt of Google, today we generate more data in a single day than the entire world created prior to 2003.

Whew!

“Noise” means…useless information.

“Signal” means…truth.

I got that from this month’s story on Nate Silver in “Fast Company”:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3009258/most-creative-people-2013/1-nate-silver

I can not recommend the article. The facts are there, but the narrative is less than incredible.

And I only have time for incredible.

And so do you.

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