Despite having followed online education for awhile, I’d never actually taken a course before. So, last week, I was excited to take my first - ‘Big Data and Social Physics’ - offered through edX.
I’ll be honest, it really wasn’t what I was expecting at all - with it being quite a superficial introduction to the ideas and, throughout, an unashamed attempt to promote the book ‘Social Physics’. On the upside though, it did make me read the book earlier than planned and that, dear reader, is the subject of today’s post.
Let them eat cake!
In a fascinating section in the book on ‘Collective Intelligence’ Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, the books’ author, describes an experiment looking at face-to-face ‘engagement’ and it’s connection to productivity. To keep myself intellectually honest, you should know that ‘engagement’ has a very specific meaning in Prof. Pentlands’ book; and typically refers to
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