Daniel Eisenstein: Mapping the Universe
Galaxies are not scattered randomly throughout the universe. Instead, they group into stringy filaments that span hundreds of millions of light-years. How did such structure evolve from the bland primordial soup that followed the Big Bang? New clues are coming from an ambitious mapping project, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which has measured the distance to galaxies halfway across the observable universe. Daniel Eisenstein is director of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)
What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is — a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You’ll never look at a map the same way again.
Published on Dec 21, 2016
Monica Stephens: The Frightening Future of Digital Maps
Monica Stephens is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University. She is interested in social networks, GIS, cartographic visualizations, and the gendered dimensions of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI).
Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps
Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city — less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map. (Filmed at TEDxDublin)
Amy Robinson Sterling: Play a game, map the mind
Eyewire Executive Director Amy Robinson Sterling leads us through unprecedented scientific landscapes on humankind’s neuroscientific journey of self-discovery, exploring the exciting prospects in blending machine intelligence and crowdsourced human intellect for the benefit of all.
Amy R. Sterling is a crowdsourcing expert and Executive Director of EyeWire, a brain-mapping game played by a quarter million people worldwide. As a leading catalyst of neuroscience visualization spanning interactive web to virtual reality, Amy has advised the White House OSTP and the US Senate on crowdsourcing and open innovation. Fast Company credits her with “making neuroscience into a playground for today’s hot tech du jour.” Amy founded the TEDx Music Project (a collection of the best live music from TEDx events around the world), and was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015.
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