Can Scientists Correlate the Language Used in Tweets with Twitter Users’ Incomes?

In the centuries since William Shakespeare wrote one of Juliet’s most enduring lines in Romeo and Juliet that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, it has been almost always been interpreted as meaning that the mere names of people, by themselves, have no real effect upon who and what they are […]

Visualization, Interpretation and Inspiration from Mapping Twitter Networks

[This post was originally uploaded on September 26, 2014. It has been updated below with new information on February 5, 2015.] Have you ever wondered what a visual map of your Twitter network might look like? The realization of such Twitter topography was covered in a terrific post on September 24, 2014 on socialmediatoday.com entitled […]

Twitter Invests $10M in Establishing the Laboratory for Social Machine at MIT

The astronomical diversity of Twitter users and topics never ceases to expand and amaze. Everyone and their neighbor from #anthropologists to #zoologists and countless others post approximately 500 million Tweets each day. This produces a virtual ocean of highly valuable data and accompanying analytics that have found applications in, among a multitude of other areas, […]

Ethical Issues and Considerations Arising in Big Data Research

In 48 of 50 states in the US, new attorneys are required to pass a 60 multiple-choice question exam on legal ethics in addition to passing their state’s bar exam. This is known as the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). I well recall taking this test myself. The subject matter of this test is the […]

Digital Smarts Everywhere: The Emergence of Ambient Intelligence

The Troggs were a legendary rock and roll band who were part of the British Invasion in the late 1960’s. They have always been best known for their iconic rocker Wild Thing. This was also the only Top 10 hit that ever had an ocarina solo. How cool is that! The band went on to […]

Does 3D Printing Pose a Challenge to the Patent System?

Whenever Captain Picard ordered up some of his favorite brew, “Earl Grey tea, hot”, from the Enterprise’s replicator, it materialized right there within seconds. What seemed like pure science fiction back when Star Trek: The Next Generation was first on the air (1987 – 1994), we know today to be a very real, innovative and […]

NASA is Providing Support for Musical and Humanitarian Projects

In two recent news stories, NASA has generated a world of good will and positive publicity about itself and its space exploration program. It would be an understatement to say their results have been both well-grounded and out of this world. First, NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield created a vast following for himself online when he […]

Recent Visualization Projects Involving US Law and The Supreme Court

There have been many efforts over the past few decades to use visualization methods and technologies to create graphical representations of the law. These have been undertaken by innovative lawyers in diversity of settings including public and private practice, and in legal academia. I wrote an article about this topic years ago entitled “Graphics and […]

Flashpoint Presents Its “Demo Day” in New York on April 16, 2015

Flashpoint is a startup accelerator at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Using a well-defined program, they apply engineering-based methods to nurture new and scalable companies with the intention of addressing unmet demands in the marketplace. I had the great pleasure of attending their Demo Day presentation in New York, yesterday on April 16, 2015, at […]

Studies Link Social Media Data with Personality and Health Indicators

[This post was originally uploaded on January 27, 2015. It has been updated below with new information on March 20, 2015 and February 26, 2018.] Reports of two new studies were issued recently describing meaningful connections between the predictive value of Facebook Likes and personality types, and next the parsing of language in Tweets to […]