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Global android activations and the power law

March 7, 2011 by


I recently saw a video mapping the rates of global android activations.  While very nice looking, it also piqued my interest because I noticed something that has been kind of bothering me recently.  That thing is, of course*, the power law. Alright, so first the video. It comes right from the android developer’s youtube channel, […]

AAAS Visualization Challenge

March 2, 2011 by


Data visualization isn’t limited to the social sciences. As a case in point, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes the journal Science) recently held a competition for data visualization. There were some really cool ideas – a team from MIT tracked where pieces of trash ended up, a Russian team created a […]

Intelligence and emergence: futurama, rat neurons, and the blue brain

February 15, 2011 by


When I was a kid I learned that our bodies were host to a large (10^14) number of bacterial flora.  After that I became sort of obsessed with the idea that to those bacteria, my gut was like the earth is to us humans (this theme is explored in greater depth in the Futurama episode […]