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Hans Rosling

Director, Gapminder Foundation


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What are your thoughts and questions on "the magic washing machine"?

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  • Mar 21 2011: Professor Rosling,

    Thanks again for another informative and inspiring lecture! I’ve been a big fan of your data visualizations ever since watching your earliest TED lecture several years ago.

    Can you recommend other good data visualization and interactive sites to better understand topics such as global energy uses and sources or total food consumption and production, among many other topics? It would be a great learning tool to be able to see such top-level data and then drill down by country or GDP-levels in a fully interactive way such as Gapminder. I know of some good static sites (www.nationmaster.com) with excellent data but has anyone put together the kinds of interactive visualizations on these data as you have with health and GDP (and other metrics)?

    On a side note, I taught as a volunteer in a rural Kenyan high school over 20 years ago and I can tell you that my absolute least favorite activity was washing clothing. I always ended up spending the better part of the day on this activity and more often than not had bloody fingertips by the time I was finished. And I was just washing for one!

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