Social physics is a social science that attempts to explain how the spread of ideas leads to new behaviors. The author is a man named Alex Pentland. He is a data scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He talks about two main elements that spread the flow of new ideas that lead to new behaviors. The two practices at the core of social physics are exploration and engagement. Exploration involves trying out new ideas by getting a diversity of input from different people. Engagement means getting people actively in the decision making process. These two pieces of information will help me become a better job coach and theater actor. In both jobs, I am working with people from many different backgrounds. Every person that I come into contact is valuable. They can either assist me in helping another person find a job. A person with a performing arts background can assist me in developing new plays for the theater. It is imperative that I continue to make strong social ties with people in both careers to be successful.
I also learned the value of slow and fast thinking in this book. Slow thinking is helpful when I have to use reasoning to make a decision. Fast learning is ideal for a task I do regularly like exercising or leaning a new bus route. I believe that as a theater actor and a job coach, I have to be good at slow and fast learning. I have to be good at slow learning when I am learning new lines or making my initial assessment of a new client. I have to be good at fast learning when I need to perform on the stage. I also need to be good at fast learning when I find a job that matches a client's abilities. These two concepts are interesting and very applicable to my life.
Alex Pentland also discusses future innovations that will help monitor or store information. I am fascinated with the idea of socio metric badges. This badge contains location sensors and a microphone. This badge will have the ability to quantify my body language and my tone of voice. It can also monitor the frequency that I talk to one individual. Google maps are developing maps that will show data like the poverty level and crime level of a certain location. A personal data store is another innovation that I will probably use. This is a tool or application that I can use to store and share data about a particular subject.
I learned a lot from this book. I really enjoyed it. I can use social physics to continue to excel in my career. I can use social physics to find a new place to live. I can also use social physics to make new friends. Maybe I can use social physics to find a wife when I am ready. I hope social physics will change my life.
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