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 for the BBC – using augmented reality. In this section of ‘The Joy of Stats‘ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes.
Google is launching a new service called Lively, a browser based virtual world add-on that lets users create and customize avatars and worlds, interact with other users, and generally have a richer social interaction than is offered by GTalk today.
This isn’t yet a full Second Life competitor. There’s no single world, for example, where users can move around. But it’s easy to see Google evolving this into a single online world. And then, of course, selling advertising into it.