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Notes from the field: enjoying steaming Beijing lamb hotpot

Beijing lamb hotpot

There’s no better antidote to a cold Beijing winter evening than a steaming spicy lamb hotpot in a raucous and crowded restaurant. Families and colleagues celebrating the impending arrival of the lunar new year weave life and color into the atmosphere, as do a couple of guys loudly toasting each other with glasses of baijiu (white spirit) on the next table.

This is no synthetic “experience” manufactured by some restaurant or retail marketing guru. It’s visceral and spontaneous. Its authenticity is built on time-tested traditions and rituals rather than ephemeral data-generated insights aimed at satisfying the relentless quest for novelty of the influencer crowd. Continue reading Notes from the field: enjoying steaming Beijing lamb hotpot

Weekend IoT Reading: big small data

There’s a strong big data flavor to my IoT news round up this week. Or should I say small data? Forbes contributor Mike Kavis provides a very convincing argument about the importance of small datasets captured by sensors on smart devices such as wind turbines and packages in triggering events that can lead to instant savings such as reductions in energy bills. He concludes by saying that “optimizing these business processes can save companies millions of dollars through the analysis of relatively small datasets. Small data knows what a tracked object is doing.” Continue reading Weekend IoT Reading: big small data