Hal Varian is the Chief Economist at Google, specializing in microeconomics and information economics. He is the founding dean of the School of Information and holds the title of Emeritus Professors at the University of California, Berkeley. Having taught previously at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and other large scale and respectable universities around the globe, here is much valuable information shared from Varian in his time. Here is a look at some of the most notable Hal Varian quotes ever recorded.
“Along the way, they describe how these technological wonders came to be, why they are important, and where they are headed.”
“Google will make us more informed. The smartest person in the world could well be behind a plow in China or India. Providing universal access to information will allow such people to realize their full potential, providing benefits to the entire world.”
“How unhappy are you that your dishwasher has replaced washing dishes by hand, your washing machine has displaced washing clothes by hand or your vacuum cleaner has replaced hand cleaning?”
“I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I’m not kidding.”
“I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I’m joking, but who would’ve guessed that computer engineers would’ve been the sexy job of the 1990s?”
— Corina Wilkes (@coriwilkes) October 26, 2016
“If a train stops at a train station, what do you think happens at a work station?”
“It isn’t that information is exploding, but accessibility is. There’s just about as much information this year as there was last year; it’s been growing at a steady rate.”
“The consensus is that a Web crawler could get to a terabyte of publicly accessible HTML. A terabyte is about a million books. the UC Berkeley library has about 8 million books, and the Library of Congress has 20 million books.”
“This is a good thing. Everyone wants more jobs and less work.”
“We used to be calorie poor and now the problem is obesity. We used to be data poor, now the problem is data obesity.”
Hal Varian speaks at the School of Information at the University of Michigan about the value of social science research and how Google uses data from trends, correlate and survey to obtain such information.