Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. I
Now, Trapdoor Books brought him again to my attention with Rosling’s mashable analysis of health vs. wealth–200 countries in 200 years in four minutes. He plots life expectancy against income for countries since 1810, You’ll see–not read, not glaze over from numbers and columns and data oh my–how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.
Here’s one of the screens:
He starts two hundred hears ago with a crowded corner of nations in the poor-and-sick corner, then moves the time line forward to show how health and wealth has improved (although no adjustments are made for value of wealth today compared to 1800). Click on the link. It’ll be worth your time.
The real story is what we can do with technology today.