Professor Hans Rosling gave this talk at TED in 2006 and this follow-up talk in 2007. It already made the blog rounds a while back, but I thought I’d post it anyway after re-watching. Incredible use of information visualization. It’s like, “understand the world in 20 minutes.” No wonder Google acquired Gapminder’s Trendalyzer software.
This kind of visualization will start to become more widespread, I predict, particularly in niche markets. So it’s (once again) a timely acquisition by Google. The future will not about having information or even having access to information. It’ll be about how you make sense of it, and you have to be able to do it quickly. Trendalyzer is a big step in that direction with lots of potential.