Trillions of data points being generated in real time and exponentially increasing computational power offer unprecedented opportunities for the social sciences. The social sciences are at the advent of a revolution. Hard scientists, the government, and businesses already use these computational and data resources to explore society; conventional social scientists need to engage as well. The Challenge is to not let Next Generation Social Science be First Generation Social Science.
Next Generation Social Science will:
- not only exploit these resources but will open a live dialogue with crowdsourced populations and will conduct experiments with millions of people across the Internet, while not letting readily available answers eclipse important questions.
- will use simulations to operationalize theoretical models and next generation statistics to ground atypical samples and will visualize findings in ways that both intrigue and inform.
- as never before, translate theories into empirically falsifiable hypothetical predictions and will generate studies which can be both replicated and reproduced.