March 5, 2010
Hype Cycles, Efficient Frontiers, and Linked Data
In the technology domain, "things" follow a Hype cycle. I don't fully understand why, but something tells me this is unavoidable.
In the investing domain, the assumption is that every investment portfolio has a risk-return profile that can be optimized in line with an "efficient frontier". Again, I don't fully understand why, but something tells me this makes sense in spite of (or more likely especially in) these tough economic times.
Regardless of the times, it seems to me that these principles are somehow related. There must be an efficient frontier for any given hype cycle. It's not clear how anyone can measure this, but without having a handle on it we are making wild guesses about resource allocations.
OTOH, I don't want anyone to get the impression that I sit around thinking about the connection between hype and efficiency all day long. It's just an idea that popped into my head. What I sit around all day thinking about is ways of producing and consuming Linked Data efficiently. This is the hype cycle that I hope without hope is being managed efficiently.