Watching a documentary on the PBS (public television) network. As the title says – about the Big Data. The human face of the big data. It is fascinating how many good things are we able to do with the enormous quantity of data that we have. An interesting tidbit: in only one day a man today receives the same amount of data that our ancestors in the 15th century received during their whole life!
I think that every human being has a fundamental impulse to narrate stories, and usually people do that with their children. When I published my first novel people asked me, ‘Why did you write a novel? I said, ‘When my children were children I could tell stories to them. When they became adults I didn’t know to whom I could tell stories, so I decided to write a novel.’