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Inside Quality Digest Live for Feb. 2, 2018

Thinking about numbers and more

Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 13:00

It was Groundhog Day last Friday, and fortunately neither Dirk nor I saw our shadows. Early springs for everyone! Take a gander at what we showed you instead:

“Millions, Billions, Trillions: How to Make Sense of Numbers in the News”

If you’re number-challenged (like moi), you’ll enjoy this piece from Andrew Hwang, a mathematics professor at the College of Holy Cross. Hwang finds a simple and elegant way to quickly communicate the relative value of massive figures.

“GM Seeks U.S. Approval for Car With No Steering Wheel”

Every day, it seems, there’s more news demonstrating the relentless approach of widely adopted autonomous vehicles. In this piece, GM demonstrates its design for a car without a steering wheel, and reveals ambitious plans to put a fleet of self-driving taxis on the road before the end of next year.

“In Defense of Fuzzy Thinking”

This piece from popular contributor Harish Jose demonstrates that Boolean logic ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Rather than “black” and “white,” “yes” or “no,” and “true” vs. “false,” real insight (not to mention continuous improvement) is often found in the gray areas between absolute choices.

“The Three Dilemmas of Data Gathering”

There are some real ethical dilemmas about how companies gather, analyze, and monetize the wealth of online information that all of us leave behind each and every day. Have we put enough thought into the implications of our digital fingerprints?

Off-Script: Groundhog Day

In honor of Bill Murray’s opus, we have a little fun with the quality arguments that just keep coming up again and again and again and...

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