—For anyone outside of the programming world, the word ‘data’ may evoke thoughts of a cellphone bill gone awry. Or perhaps a Facebook comment that has so hauntingly followed you around the internet with all-knowing advertising. Data-mining aside, does this form of information have more to offer than a golden ticket for market researchers?
Jer Thorp's presentation at this years TEDxVancouver further questioned the weight of data and the role it plays in the history we are creating for ourselves. By outlining the possibilities for the contextualization of data in a human form, Thorp demonstrates how data can bring to life our own personal narratives. These sometimes cheapened or reductionist forms of communication take on a whole new form of life when retraced as a story. Thorp invites creatives of all walks to get involved with this visual narrative. There’s no doubt that this idea calls for a new respect in the way we use the technologies that are definitive to our collective memory.
During a recent conversation with Brendan Fallis, the DJ and Entrepreneur took some time to discuss his humble beginnings while starting out in New York City and why it is essential to find balance with working around the clock to make a name for yourself.
Would it surprise you to find out that IBM started as a company that sells meat slicers? (Don’t worry it surprised me too.) But IBM has never been solely focused on the products they sell. Rather, it’s the ethos behind why they sell them, as VP Jon Iwata explains in this short clip.
While people's aspirations and motives for doing what they do is a result of different objectives, there is however, a common ground to each of them. They all chose a path that was decidedly selfish of their own personal time, in favour of feeding their obsessions.
Hitting over 1 million views on Youtube, we’re all getting schooled in wisdom by a nine-year-old boy. Answering questions ranging from the meaning of life, free will, and possible alien life forms, this child delivers knowledge beyond his years.