- We can describe data as one of the remarkable new materials of the 21st century – as important to our future as water.
- Data are measurements of other things: physical phenomena (such as weather patterns) or virtual phenomena (such as telecommunications packets). Every time we search for an online movie, view a video on our mobile device, tweet a comment about a news article, upload a photo to Instagram or are directed to a new location in Pokemon Go, we are producing and responding to data.
- Discoverability, the ability to find what we want through harnessing our data traces, has redefined distribution. Similarly, it is through data analytics that personalized advertisements appear adjacent to or are embedded in our online experiences.
The Clash of Civilizations is a theory that people's cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world. It was proposed by political scientist Samuel P. Huntington in a 1992 lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, which was then developed in a 1993 Foreign Affairs article titled “The Clash of Civilizations?” in response to his former student Francis Fukuyama's 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man. Huntington later expanded his thesis in a 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.
If the members of a family sit passively and slothfully for several hours every day before the television screen so that any conversation, any real communion of hearts and minds is effectively excluded, this would seem to be an uncivilized use of the medium. If no zones of family life, even meal-times, are kept free from the intrusion of the outer world, especially the world of gnosticism and escapism, so that each is silently and languidly immersed in his or her own dreams, this is a bad witnessing of the eyes and ears which reduces to an enormous extent the opportunities to be civil, to be considerate of others.
The United States should do what it can to promote values of human rights and democracy, but there are cultural and economic obstacles. There is resistance by Islam and Confucian cultures to accept western ideas because they come from very different cultural traditions.