SUMMARY: Guy with moving bubble charts shows how the world's population, wealth, and lifespan have changed over 200 years.
12-04-10, 09:19 AM
Praise be to statistics. They are most probable...
That was a very entertaining presentation. And, not to mention, inspirational and uplifting (unlike most that depressing stuff we see nowadays).
Very interesting, and enlightening to those who are not fully aware of the disparities among nations. However, this presentation does not explain that the low life expectancy show for many countries is the result of high infant mortality and is not Representative of the age expectancy of someone who has reached the age of 8 years old. These statics also do not show that that the highest individual incomes and wealth do not necessarily occur in the most developed countries of the world, but rather in many of the most undeveloped nations. So when you happen to meet an 80 year old man who is from one of the statistically poorest countries, who is also among the top ten wealthiest people in the world .... don't be surprised!
So when you happen to meet an 80 year old man who is from one of the statistically poorest countries, who is also among the top ten wealthiest people in the world .... don't be surprised!
I get what you're saying but if I just happen to one day meet an 80 year old man who is from a developing nation and also one of the ten richest people in the world, i will be surprised! Sounds like a pretty rare bird indeed :)
12-06-10, 04:06 PM
"rare bird"........................not while the U.S. is paying aging dictators to remain "allies".
12-07-10, 04:14 PM
"guy" = Hans Rosling, and his presentations on various studies of global population data are a recurring hit at the 'TED' conferences.
'TED' is a regular gathering of, well, the intellectual elite, where speakers give talks on a smorgasboard of scientific topics facing today's world. 'TED' stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. Some of the Design oriented talks are truly fascinating. Yes, this is also the group that launched Al Gore and his PowerPoint Show. So while it's political bias is definitely left-leaning, it's still often brings forth fascinating material.
http://www.ted.com/speakers/hans_rosling.html hosts a collection of his talks.
Here's a collection of 'automotive' themed talks, including a 2008 talk from Larry Burns, GM's recenlty retired VP for R&D - http://www.ted.com/search?q=automotive