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Data becomes art in Julie Freeman’s “We Need Us”

Data becomes art in Julie Freeman’s “We Need Us”

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. Artist Julie Freeman creates kinetic sculptures, compositions and animations from nature-generated data. Think: the motion of fish swimming, or the quiver of moths’ wings. This week, Freeman revealed a new piece of work from the TED Fellows stage. Called “We Need Us,” it’s an online, data-driven artwork that explores the nature of metadata. It’s now []

How data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in Syria

How data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in Syria

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What’s this galaxy-like cluster of dots and lines? It’s the TED Fellows Collaboration Network MAPP, a rich and interactive web that shows the patterns of cross-disciplinary collaboration among TED Fellows over the past four years. This rainbow visualization was created using MAPPR, a cloud-based network mapping tool that Eric Berlow demoed during TED2014. It allows anyone to make shareable, interactive network []

If you liked Amy Webb, you’ll love…

If you liked Amy Webb, you’ll love…

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For the past week, Amy Webb has been inspiring people to calculate their own algorithm for love. Her laugh-out-loud TED Talk, about reverse engineering her online dating profile and, essentially, data-ing her way into her perfect relationship has gotten a lot of attention, including on The Frisky and Pop Sugar. As Webb’s talk continues to []

Wonderfully nerdy online dating success stories, inspired by today’s talk about the algorithm of love

Wonderfully nerdy online dating success stories, inspired by today’s talk about the algorithm of love

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When yet another romantic relationship came “burning down in a spectacular fashion,” Amy Webb sought the advice of her friends and family, including her grandmother. “She said, ‘Stop being so picky,’” Webb recalls in today’s talk. “‘True love will find you when you least expect it.’” This advice struck Webb, who as a digital strategist []

TED Weekends: Big data gets personal

TED Weekends: Big data gets personal

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At TED2011, Deb Roy shared his talk, “The birth of a word,” describing when he and his wife, Rupal Patel, brought home their baby boy for the first time. The pair sought to shoot a different kind of home video: in every room of their house, a camera recorded eight to ten hours of footage []

The butterfly effect: Fellows Friday with Julie Freeman

The butterfly effect: Fellows Friday with Julie Freeman

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Artist Julie Freeman uses data as a source material to make biologically inspired artworks — giving musicality to the movement of fish and expressing city lights in the quiver of moths’ wings. Now she’s finding ways to translate data so that we may gain new perspectives on what it’s trying to tell us. What do []

Teens: Compare your stats with kids around the world

Teens: Compare your stats with kids around the world

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TED speaker Rick Smolan is asking students between the ages of 13 and 18 to become “Data Detectives” for a new project he’s unveiling today — and that he will talk about at TEDYouth this Saturday. By answering a 20-question online survey, teenagers will help build a data set that will let then compare themselves to []

Two small steps forward in the fight for open medical data

Two small steps forward in the fight for open medical data

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In his recent TEDTalk, “What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe,” Ben Goldacre sounded a warning about the vast numbers of pharmaceutical studies that go unpublished. “Positive findings are about twice as likely to be published as negative findings,” said Goldacre, noting that this is a big problem because it means doctors are []

Calling all teens: Become a data detective

Calling all teens: Become a data detective

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Just by living our plugged-in lives, each of us is producing a constant stream of data. Little snippets are left behind of what we search, what we buy, where we go, what we tweet … This endless flow of numbers is referred to as “big data,” data sets so large that they require sophisticated parsing []