David Weinberger: The Upside of Chaos

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The Cluetrain Manifesto, published at the turn of 21st century, was one of the most prophetic and important books written about the internet. It was a call to arms — and a warning for businesses — that the internet is a place where human beings want to connect with one another, not be marketed to. One of the co-authors of the Manifesto, David Weinberger, is now a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His most recent book is Everyday Chaos. He joins the podcast to talk about machine learning and how it helps us make better predictions and why it reveals how profoundly complex and chaotic our world is.

Listen to this episode to learn:

  • What the Cluetrain Manifesto got right — and wrong — about the internet, 20 years on
  • What machine learning is and how it’s a radically new way of thinking about how the world works and our place in it
  • The danger of algorithmic bias when left unchecked
  • Why making decisions without knowing “why” is actually a good thing
  • The benefits of following a “Minimum Viable Strategy” and using “unanticipation” to navigate and capitalize on uncertainty
  • Why Milton Friedman gave cover to the worst impulses of business (and the hope that the Business Roundtable will give cover to the far better ones)

For more information: www.everydaychaosbook.com

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