Aaron Koblin is an American digital media artist best known for his innovative uses of data visualization and crowdsourcing. He is currently Creative Director of the Data Arts Team at Google in San Francisco, California. Koblin's artworks are part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the Centre Georges P... Read more...
The possibilities for creation and insight are endless. We're constantly collecting more data, and it's starting to be very relevant to our lives.
The trouble with progress is that it tends to happen slowly and quietly. It's not necessarily going to shout about itself, or make the nightly news like a disaster or a scandal would.
I think you can have a ridiculously enormous and complex data set, but if you have the right tools and methodology then it's not a problem.
When I look at a pie chart, I just go numb.
There's something that happens with the collection of a large amount of data when it's dumped into an Excel spreadsheet or put into a pie chart. You run the risk of completely missing what it's about.
I was really intrigued by the idea of using live streams of data that's relevant to real people, and that would allow us to reflect and learn about ourselves.
I've found that when everyone rallies behind a cause, and when they learn their effort can contribute something bigger, they get engaged.
It's so hard for me to wrap my head around the concept of truth, I don't even know what people mean by it.
As we get more transparent with data sets about infrastructure and systems management, I have a feeling we'll see big changes in how we think about complexity and our relationship to our actions.
What's clear - and exciting - is that communication for social change is growing.