Truly, this article is boring. It talks about things that everyone knows. 21st century, for sure is a century of math, of numbers, of data.

Basically, this article is telling us how important it is for people to understand math in this century. Our society now is filled up with data. People who could read and understand these data are appealing to all the big companies. By analyzing the data, math geeks could find out tons of information beyond these numbers. These new information they investigated provides the company a better view to the market and gives the big company a big step ahead of others.

However, there is a big flaw in this new system. As the article says “The power of mathematicians to make sense of personal data and to model the behavior of individuals will inevitably continue to erode privacy”, I think we have lost our privacy for decades. There are cameras everywhere. Government could simply monitor or track someone’s phone with the title of “National Security”. Thing cannot get any worse now, since we are already at the bottom of the abyss.

The title of the article says “Math will rock your world”. I think that is incorrect. I say math is rocking our world and has been rocking our world for at least 20 years.

Think about it, if you will. There are math everywhere in our world. Since the First industrial revolution, science walked into the stage, math also became an irreplaceable part of our society. A huge part of science is actually math. Physics obviously has to do with math. Chemistry involves math. Environment science needs data. Statistics are also math. All the industries, mechanicals, company finance involve what? Math. They need math to sustain the system.

So learning math will be the tendency for the future. For sure, there are other ways to survive in this society, but math will be, and must be the most important thing to know to survive.

Let’s rock…..

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This is a very insightful idea that you brought in "Math has been rocking our world for at least 20 years." For this reason, I agree with you that there is no need to put it in the future, since it's already happening. But my insight about the idea of using the future is that only in developing countries people are aware that math is already rocking the world. Therefore, saying that it will rock the world may mean that it will eventually rock the 'whole' world, and everyone will be aware of it.

ReplyDeleteMoreover, about the privacy issue you brought up, do you think that "national security" is not a reliable reason of invading someone's privacy?

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