Collecting versus understanding

“The year 2000 was essentially the point at which it became cheaper to collect information than to understand it.” β€” Freeman Dyson

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4 comments on “Collecting versus understanding
  1. Donny says:

    My bookmarks, Reader starred items, e-book collection, and “to read” mails heartily concur ;) !

  2. John Venier says:

    β€œThe year 2000 was essentially the point at which it became cheaper to analyze information than to understand it.” β€” John Venier

    I was very pleasantly surprised to find out Dyson is still with us. I recall as a kid thinking of him as one of the grand old minds in science.

  3. Chris Barts says:

    Collecting (some kinds of) information has been reasonably cheap since the invention of the printing press. Understanding it has always been expensive.

  4. cw says:

    lovely quote! i think it’s more accurately

    “Around the year 2000, a turning point was reached, when it became cheaper to produce genetic information than to understand it.” or is there some other citation beside http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/mar/10/how-we-know/?pagination=false ?

    (i note he said something similar here: http://www.clarkefoundation.org/scholarships/remarks.php ) : “Because of the enormous growth in our ability to store and process information, it is now cheaper to collect information than to understand it. ”

    best regards

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