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Forums – regular meetings and Book Circles – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road).

Forum:  July 24  - -  Topic:  The New Dynamics of Data

For discussion: Topic:  We have discussed the changes in our collection and interpretation of data, but it’s a good time to check in on fast-evolving changes in both technologies and attitudes.  Our key reading resource is an article from The Futurist by Brian David Johnson, The Secret Life of Data in the Year 2020.

A lengthier study – which will be briefly summarized at the meeting – is called, aptly, Big Data, by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.  The review page at the link also contains an interview with the authors.  The changes the authors see are not just at the functional level – but also in the very structure of our relationship with information and the surrounding world.

We look forward to seeing you and pursuing a unique discussion at this meeting of the Columbus Futurists!

New Post and Article:

We had a good discussion a couple of months ago about radical changes in curricula for higher education, exploring on-going work by our convener, David Staley.  Note that a recent cover story at The Economist also explored this topic.  It can be found at an article entitled Creative Destruction.  This topic will no doubt continue to be an active one for our group – check it out!

Make note:

Scheduled meetings for 2013 – 2014  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room,875 Bethel Road):

  • July 24 - Topic: The New Dynamics of Data
  • August 21 - Topic: The Future of Food, an article from Bill Gates’ blog
  • Sept 25 - Topic: Columbus Futurists’ friend Bill Lafayette will discuss local trends, focusing on improving the amount of, and support for, entrepreneurial activity to enhance our economic community.
  • Oct 23 - Topic: tbd
  • Nov 20 - Topic: tbd
  • Dec 18 - Topic: tbd
  • Jan 22, 2015 - Topic: tbd
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