This week’s CMS Episodes

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MONDAY — Spies (Rerun) — For Presidents Day we’re re-airing a show about three Connecticut spies, including the George Washington spy story you DON’T know. Also featured, a Cold Warrior from Farmington and the colorful, almost unclassifiable classified story of an anti-Communist, pro-Nazi operative living in Thompson, CT. 

TUESDAY — Immigration — For the undocumented, every day carries with it the specter of deportation. As part of a two-show collaboration with Where We Live, Colin McEnroe talks with several undocumented immigrants – exploring what it’s like to live in a place where you’re unsure if you’ll be able to stay. 

WEDNESDAY — Big Data — Economist Ian Ayres (Marketplace/Freakonomics) explains how data reshapes our perception of the present and the past. From supermarket club-cards to real time Google keyword analytics, an explosion of data (and data collection) is fundamentally altering the way businesses and individuals lead their lives. Later in the show, how big data could make cow fences a thing of the past

THURSDAY — Strange Bedfellows — You’re a left of center democrat, but you’ve fallen head over heels for a hardcore fiscal conservative. Perhaps you’re an atheist who’s married to an observant Catholic. We’ll talk about the role politics and religion can play in relationships and explore what it means when you don’t love your lover’s ballot, but you still love them.

FRIDAY — The Nose, Oscar Edition – The Nose moves its annual pre-Oscar show to New Haven’s ArtSpace — at the corner of Orange and Crown. Audience members are welcome! Movie maven Vivian Nabeta and maverick film-maker Gorman Bechard are guests.

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6 thoughts on “This week’s CMS Episodes

  1. Richard

    On Big Data:

    The underlying problem with Big data is the analysis which too often misses the mark. Complexity doesn’t rule evolution or human behavior.

    As an example, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were not predicted by Big Data. These were devolutionary technologies long ago surpassed by richer desktop applications and web personal portals. The unholy trio were easy to use, perfect for mobile phones, and appealed to the teenage girl that is America.

    Did Big Data predict that Twitter ‘Vines’ would be a 6-second porn palace within two days of introduction? Or that self-destroying social networks will become the new norm to protect privacy and thus prevent data mining? Facebook wants permanent Timelines; Juniors in High Schools want their Sophomore antics off the internet and to start fresh daily.

    I love Super Crunchers in the same way I loved Subliminal Images back in the day. It’s the type of jargon and great essay stuff that keeps grad school liberal art types from off the unemployment lines and in advertising sales jobs writing and consulting to CEOs who love the glossy consumer behavior portfolios they can hand out to the Board of Directors justifying their new ad platform based on Big Data.

    I think anyone involved with Technical Analysis in the Stock Market knows what Big Data is trying to accomplish: It’s only when you see Japanese Candlestick Patterns applied to retail (or online) sales figures and stop loss triggers against sweaters inventory based not just on sales and econometric patterns but also favorable Tweets, Facebook mentions, web page hits, and reviews that you see the madness in Big Data.

    Anyone who lost big in the stock market’s Flash Crash of May 2010 knows Big Data is and how it controls our lives and why supercomputers can be gamed and rigged as easy as any other slot machine.

  2. Richard

    A good question to ask Ayres would be whether ObamaCare’s Medical IT proposals are sufficient to lead to a revolution in health care.

    My proposition is the Obama proposals enshrine the decentralized systems we have now and don’t allow visibility into the entire supply chain linked to all managed outcomes (a true ERP/CMS system) to properly revolutionize health care. It was the most important political fall out of Obamacare: Information Deficiency codified as federal law (proposed by Dick Blumenthal’s brother I might add). Gotta love that Ivy League!

    I could soapbox on that for hours. Billions of Dollars spent to create Medical IT systems incapable by design and legislation of optimizing patient results and costs.

  3. Richard

    Medical Data and Big Data made the front of the NYT today. Gouging and profiteering are the tip of the iceberg to understand how Big Data becomes Small Data

    The systems don’t talk to each other, there’s a complete lack of visibility into purchasing and delivery costs. It’s like using DMV driving records to gain insight into controlling design and optimizing costs and outcomes at GM.

    Medical IT systems incapable by design and legislation of optimizing patient results and linking to vendors of drugs, equipment, diagnosis and detailed treatment. They share a tiny subset of patient records only.

  4. Richard

    Imagine if researchers had access to DNA profiles from birth right through genetic risk treatment plans and follow up to create behaviorial studies on plan diagnosis, work and home environment, in-patient treatments, and post-patient rehabs and wellness effectiveness? The whole profile to mine for obvious and not so obvious links to wellness and the best vendors for cost-effective wellness.

    Instead we are trapped between Scylla and Charybdis with the GOP libertarians content with decentralized abacus and triplicate form as modern technology while Democrats push an ineffective and costly Information System that is worst-of-breed by design and legislation.

    Imagine if a President set a JFK man-on-the-moon type of target in 8 years for a Medical Information Systemwith complete visibility that the world would envy instead of caving in to home town lobbyists from Chicago and hiring an industry toadie like David Blumenthal to devise a plan only industry miscreants could love?

    It’s the difference between the Democrats of 1961 and the faux liberals of 2013.

    Choose your poison. Which one hates the American public more? The libertarian spend-thrift and their abacus or the liberal deficit monger with their designed for failure systems when both are pushing for some variation of the status quo to protect their special interests at the expense of the publics’ money and health?

  5. Richard

    Good show today but the amswers as to why the success of risky mortgage derivatives in an age of big data is answered by human emotion not technical competence.

    1) The old adage: Everyone’s a genius in a bull market. Even Goldman’s Fabulous Fab.

    2) CEOs nod their heads approvingly when bewildered by the math and colorful glossies as long as the bottom line exceeds expectations. Otherwise they guy next door will do it.

    3) Everyone’s a short timer on Wall Street in their heart. CEO comp and trader comp is so ridiculous after a 3-year ride on a bull. People walk out multi-millonaires and don’t look back at the ethics of winning the lottery or gambling with the US economy. Look at former Goldnam head and Senator Jon Corzine at MF Global. Billions “go missing” and the risk of legal punishement or fines are minimal.

    4) There’s no upside in popping people’s bubble in a bull market. It’s as popular as filing a whistle-blower law suit except what’s being done is highly leveraged risk and usually legal.

    5) Expect to see Big Data power the next leveraged risk scam in the coming bull market. I can see a bewlidered CEO nodding their head already.

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