TEDxVancouver: The Weight of Data

In November, I was asked to come back to my hometown and give a talk at TEDxVancouver. The overarching theme of the event was ‘The Frontier’ – along with me, there would be talking about space, deep-sea science, and spiritual exploration. I decided to frame my talk around what I consider to be a largely un-explored part of the big data conversation that has opened up over the last few years: thinking about data in a human context. I talk a bit about my history with HyperCard, rattle over a series of data-based projects, and end with a call-to-arms for artists, poets, writers and other creatives to join the discourse around data.

I won’t give the whole talk away, since you can watch it for yourself below. As always, I’d love to hear feedback/questions/ridicule – you can leave a comment below, or join in on this already feisty thread on Google+.

9 thoughts on “TEDxVancouver: The Weight of Data”

  1. I just watched this and your work is both cutting edge and breathtaking…Edward Tufte would be both proud and impressed! Thank you so much for sharing your work! 🙂 My work is in mathematics education, but I also have a love affair with representation of quantitative information. I have shared your video among my network….this is a wonderful example of the beautiful and creative and relevant connections that a knowledge of mathematics affords us. Thank you for the inspiration…I will continue to watch and learn! 🙂

  2. This is such a fascinating way to think about data and review information. Thank you for an inspiring presentation!

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