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Amused that in Markoff's Big Data story in yesterday's NYT, he wrongly
located A-L Barabasi in Notre Dame, when he moved to Northeastern a few
This doubly makes me chuckle when I note that Markoff started off his
story talking about Hari Seldon and psychohistory in Asimov's Foundation
series. He neglects to mention that the novels' psychohistory became
undone because of one mutant with unusual powers, "The Mule".
Nevertheless, in the scenarios that end the forthcoming Rainie-Wellman
Networked book, we name a protagonist "Hari" in homage, although it's
always seemed to me that Asimov/Seldon's psychohistory totally ignored
networks and structure -- but looked at the aggregated behavior of
And while I digress, my late great friend Judy Merril told me that Asimov
himself was afraid to fly.
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