Dear Data

3 minutes

Can you get to know someone through visualisations of their personal data?

In 2013, the information designers Giorgia Lupi (living in New York City) and Stefanie Posavec (living in London) began a year-long project to get to know each other through hand-drawn data-centric postcards. Each weekly postcard communicated a different aspect of their lives through data visualisation, from the frequency they checked the time of day to the number of times their significant others ‘inspired love or inspired annoyance’. A brief but enlightening summary of Giorgia and Stefanie’s experience, Dear Data illuminates the potential (and shortcomings) of data-driven communication and suggests how visualisation can imbue even the most seemingly tedious facts and figures with emotion. See all of Giorgia and Stefanie’s postcards here.

Video by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec

Animators: Alice Dunseath and Rosanna Wan

Video/Evolution

Flashing together: when fireflies meet LEDs, the result is a beautiful lightshow

2 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

There’s a lot more to conversation than words. What really happens when we talk

6 minutes

Video/Internet & Communication

A classic film on communication finds renewed meaning in the age of memes and emojis

22 minutes

Video/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning is important, but some AIs just want to have fun

57 minutes

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

volume_up
play_arrow
pause
Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Video/Space Exploration

A tour of Mars assembled from NASA images reveals a wondrous but uninviting planet

5 minutes

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Raising good robots

We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it's called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots?

Regina Rini

volume_up
play_arrow
pause
Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock