Tomorrow’s Data, Tomorrow’s Water, and Tomorrow-Land


Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

by Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel

The Nutshell:

Scientists Aiden and Michel invented the Google Ngram Viewer, which allows users to analyze the evolution of language as captured in the millions of books Google has digitized. In Uncharted, they tell the story of how they developed this tool, explain some of their most trenchant findings, and demonstrate the potential of this data to illuminate the world we’ve created.

Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever

by Maude Barlow

The Nutshell:

Everything about our contemporary world—from global politics to food production technology—has made our water supply unsustainable, argues Canadian activist Barlow. She calls for clean water to be recognized as a human right and a public resource.

Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America

by Joseph Tirella

The Nutshell:

Urban planner and master builder Robert Moses wanted the 1964-65 World’s Fair, which took place in Flushing, New York, to showcase the future. Instead, according to writer and editor Tirella, it portrayed a messy present, where art and civil rights, music and international relations, technology and architecture were undergoing a massive overhaul.

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