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Determinism, Chaos Theory and Klout

Firstly, let me clarify, I’m not a mathematician or a physicist, I’m a marketer who has a side interest in science (closet geek). The following post derives from my belief (yes, belief, I can’t actually quantify this) that a certain element of hubris has taken hold in the tech community, driven by the genuine incredibleness that is Big Data.

A couple of centuries or so ago, following the development of Newtonian physics, humans got it into their heads that it should be possible, given the right grasp of the variables, to predict the future using mathematics. The Enlightenment brought with it the entrenchment of scientific Determinism, a belief that took a couple more centuries to shake (thank you Chaos Theory).

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