Thursday, May 2, 2013

Fascinating Illustration of Exponential Global Growth and Health

It is fascinating how rapidly the world is changing. What if you were to have all the information about global GDP and life expectancy, what trends can you predict? This is the question Hans Rosling, a professor of international health in Sweden, is trying to answer.

Using more than 120,000 bits of data and augmented reality, the professor takes us through the last 200 years of global history and its uneven growth of wealth and health. Rosling has continually struggled to find new ways of presenting data that speaks to and engages the audience.

There are serious problems regarding the exponential growth and global health, but there are solutions. Demonstrations like this one could help broader audiences not only grasp the seriousness of the situation, but have hope that we can improve the world with new policies and technologies.

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