The Future Is Notebooks


This year, OpenAI and ChatGPT, have boomed as popular tools for data and idea generation. With the generative power of these tools, a critical inspection of the resulting data grows in importance. Is the data valid for the use case? What aspects of the data may be harmful or a poor fit for the problem to be solved? Exploring and answering these questions will drive greater adoption of notebooks to make this new technology accessible to larger groups of people.

Notebooks with an elegant combination of prose, visualization, and code open the door for greater understanding and introspection of data. The ability to explain the data through words and illustrative charts provides a foundation for anyone to understand and critically reason about data and its application. While other tools like an IDE or BI tool provide artifacts, the notebooks compose information in a way that is greater than the sum of individual parts and enable more people to experiment and take action. The future is notebooks.

Background Knowledge:

Audience should be familiar with data notebooks.


Elijah Meeks is a co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Noteable, a startup focused on evolving how we analyze and communicate data. He is known for his pioneering work in the digital humanities while at Stanford, where he was the technical lead for acclaimed works like ORBIS and Kindred Britain. He was Netflix's first Senior Data Visualization Engineer, and while at Netflix and Apple worked to develop the charting library Semiotic as well as bring cutting-edge data visualization techniques to analytical applications for stakeholders across the organization including A/B testing, conversation flows, algorithms, membership, people analytics, content, image testing and social media. He is a prolific writer, speaker and leader in the field of data visualization and the co-founder and first executive director of the Data Visualization Society.

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