Max Roser and "Our World in Data" - The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimates that in 1990 more than 12 million children died. Most of these deaths were preventable, and arose from illness and poverty. Let’s put this in perspective. Aviation disasters are a form of tragedy that is both relatively uncommon and widely reported. A Boeing 747 can carry up to 620 people. The total number of…

PISA Results 2000-2009

At a time when it appears revealed truths, beliefs and opinions are increasingly privileged in public and political debate,there was always Hans... Vale, Hans Rosling Links The ignorance project GapMinder Tools  

Mitigation, adaptation … and suffering. And climate change as a “clear and present danger to civilization.

Lonnie G. Thompson
iPhone Mosaic 10 Years

Innovation, creativity, productivity, ubiquity. Perhaps best defined by events that occurred ten years ago today. A single decade, a BILLION + units, 13 models, 395 sold every minute, 101 million users in the US alone, Still hard to fathom... Steve Jobs and Apple launched the iPhone on January 9th 2007. As Apple says: At Macworld 2007 in San Francisco, Steve…

Mapping the world's immigration flows, by country-by-country. Some notes about Australia: By these estimates, Australia’s net immigration is negative with every country in the world, except for a small positive immigration balance with Sudan. Australia is the only country in the world to have significant positive net immigration with the US.   Links UN - Total Migrant Stock

Tipping points are not always obvious, this one may be. Two announcements this week, juxtaposed. Infrastructure Victoria's 30-Year Strategy and Google's move on renewable energy in 2017. Technology companies now account for about 2% of total Global Carbon emissions, that rivals the aviation industry. Let's not even consider the amount of fresh water they require, that's another article... Consider that…

Christopher Hicthens

Sam Harris on the fifth anniversary of Christopher Hitchen's death. Missing Hitch It has been five years, my friend. Five short years since you taught us how to die with wisdom and wit. And five long ones, wherein the world taught us how deeply we would miss you. Syria. Safe spaces. President Trump. What would you have made of these…

I think that there’s a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation. I’m not sure what else one would do?

Elon Musk