Back in the early 1980’s when Most of us had Apple II and IBM PC personal computers, my colleague and I dreamed of having a Cray-1 supercomputer to use for our research in information systems. We never got one but the magic of the name, supercomputer, lingers. The very first Cray (see photo on right)…

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On New Year’s Eve we become obsessed with time. It’s the one night of the year when we count seconds to be able to celebrate the moment when the new year begins. Why are we so focused? It’s probably either some deep psychological thing or just whimsy, but regardless it made me aware of time…

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Back in 2011 I led a Science Circle discussion on Black Swans (See link below for transcript). I am still fascinated by these phenomena and want to revisit them now after almost 9 years. A brief recap: A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a…

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