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November 07, 2008


Mike Dutch

Hope you don't mind an offbeat response but your blogs always get my mind wondering...
this time about the decisions made by groups of people. Here's two interesting perspectives...

- From a speech given by Michael Crichton:

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science, consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

And furthermore, the consensus of scientists has frequently been wrong. As they were wrong when they believed, earlier in my lifetime, that the continents did not move. So we must remember the immortal words of Mark Twain, who said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

- Decision Making in Communities: Why Groups of Smart People Sometimes Make Bad Decisions:

P.S. Excellent keynote at SNW... second only to Nicholas Negroponte's message imho.

Chuck Hollis

Mike -- no, that's not offbeat at all. I am interested in decision theory, especially when large groups are involved.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck

Sudhir Brahma

Your blog and your style of writing does "provoke" people into thinking!!

Several years ago, there was this hype on a related subject:” thin clients". The idea was similar- computation was to be done centrally and the "thin clients" would just provide a user interface. I guess this idea took a back seat subsequently, since it was a bit inconvenient for the big boys like Intel and Microsoft, not to mention the disk drive manufacturers. Not having sufficiently fast data network infrastructure also helped
I may be taking a myopic view here but I tend to think of both these ideas (cloud-computing and thin-client) as belonging to the same gene-pool. It will be interesting to see how this shapes up as we move forward, especially after the proliferation of Datacenters. They may be the key champions of tomorrow in promoting cloud computing. Their key strength: They own the “last mile” connectivity to consumers.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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