“There’s something inescapably alluring about pocket-sized compendiums of quotes by great architects and designers — take, for instance, those of Charles Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright. Fittingly, The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom (public library) gathers timeless wisdom on design and architecture from more than 100 of history’s most vocal — and often dissenting — minds. What emerges, besides the fascinating tapas bar of ideas about the art and science of building, is the subtle but essential reminder that what lies at the heart of creative legacy aren’t universal formulas and unrelenting tents but perspective, conviction, and personality.”
“In this new technological world, data is the raw material for growth. We are likely to see economic and societal changes that will dwarf what we have seen so far from the Internet, driven by gathering, analyzing, and acting upon data. The new data-driven industries and their jobs will run on the infrastructure of the Internet just as the growth industries of the industrial revolution used railroads, highways and the telephone.
Those with access to data will get the rewards. Most of that data is held by companies and quite a lot by the government. While companies need to benefit from their creations, we need to find ways to put more data directly into the hands of ordinary Americans so they can gain economically from big data too…”
“A person has STEM literacy if she can understand the world around her in a logical way guided by the principals of scientific thought. A STEM-literate person can think for herself. She asks critical questions. She can form hypotheses and seek data to confirm or deny them. She sees the beauty and complexity in nature and seeks to understand. She sees the modern world that mankind has created and hopes to use her STEM-related skills and knowledge to improve it.”
IT versus Digitization: “The study determined that major companies, across all sectors, now spend about $8.60 on “non-IT” technology for every dollar that they spend on traditional forms of IT infrastructure, such as servers, storage, networking, mainframe MIPS, application development and maintenance. That’s up from $5.10 in 2006 and $3.20 in 2000. All told, about 79% of technology spending at those same companies is “non IT,” up from 69% in 2006 and 34% in 2000, Rubin said. Rubin defines non-IT expense as any technology related expense other than processing platforms and applications. It includes robotics, process automation, embedded chips/processors, and data analytics typically done outside the company, such as text analytic and sentiment analysis or automated sampling.”