The pair of ones in my clock's calendar display this morning seem hard and lean compared to the plump, overfed numbers I saw when I went to bed last night. Distinctly binary, they remind me of data in the raw, but also promise knowledge as they accumulate over time, revealing patterns previously unnoticed.
What patterns might emerge as the new year gathers momentum, and what will we do with those patterns once they become obvious? Last year's path has been decided, but 2008's trajectory can be altered as data become connected, converted, and recognized as the means to determine the end. Drifting is optional.