Let's Harness Data Better Than We Harnessed Oil:
Jer Thorp At PopTech
The breadth and potential power of this resource is tremendous, and it is vitally important that people understand what information is out there, how it is being used, and what that means for the average person. Including, he says, answering the question of "what is it like to be us living in this ever-more complicated world." By transforming massive networks of data into creative and visually appealing artwork, Thorp hopes to put data into a human context. He is the Data Artist in Residence at The New York Times and has created award-winning software that utilizes massive data sets in creative and innovative new ways. In his talks, he explains that data is much more than just numbers. Instead, as he explains to his wide array of audiences, it is becoming an increasingly important part of who we are and how we live our lives.