If you’re sick of the term ‘big data’ then take a look at the excellent Ted Talk performed by Kenneth Cukier.
His talk, “Big data is better data” makes it easy to understand the potential big data can have for all of us in understanding patterns of behaviour we’re simply not smart enough to recognise. By being able to better interrogate big data through asking better questions, we can see why Americans’ actually prefer many other types of pie – they just eat more apple pie.
Parag Khanna: Mapping the future of countries | Talk Video | TED.com.
Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna ( ) says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.
This is taking political and economic geograpahy to a new level – you can see examples to illustrate ‘s talk everyday. Having just spent two weeks in Greece, even there you can see how the German ‘lifeline’ has seen a growth in German cars on the highways of Hellas and a flood of Russian tourists lifting the economy. Between them, Russia and Germany, are running Greece.
I’d highly recommend you watch this excellent Ted.com talk – it will change your view on political boundaries and solutions to conflicts.