An absolutely awesome talk about algorithms and how they shape our world by Kevin Slavin on TED.

Especially fascinating to me is how Kevin goes over exactly the things I was discussing in my thesis starting at 8:45 into the talk – the influence of computing on culture, the relation of our modern culture and algorithms, and finally – the trend to put data centers into cities because, financially, it makes so much sense!

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One of those really well done videos (I think). For me, another one like that would probably be Justin Timberlake’s “My love”.. With videos like this, just close your ears and enjoy the visual. Stylish. A graphic designer’s dream. Kanye at his shiniest and Rihanna at her best.. Pay attention to the importance of color and the overall “sharpness” of the visual.. There is no way a video like this could have been produced in Chicago, for example. It’s a true “Made in New York ” one.  Interesting – why? How can we sense that? It’s not the only one of its kind. Jay Z is a guy with a similar style.. Of well, he does own the record company that both Kanye and Rihanna are produced at, but still.. There something unique in it..

helical projections

It appears that the graph of human development as a species resembles a helix, or a spiral, as we commonly call it.

They say that fashion goes in circles, the history repeats itself, etc. However, whenever the circle starts another round, it is never truly the same: whenever the jeans become fashionable again, they are not quite the same jeans that were fashionable before – some progress has happened, something has changed. At the same time, (almost) everything in nature is periodic: the change of night and day, (arguably) the fluctuations of the financial markets.

The argument I am putting forward is that those two trends do not “just happen” – they are interrelated. And the only graph that represents both simultaneously, is not a 2D figure, it is a 3D one – a helix. As the top projection of a rising helix is a circle and the side view is a sinusoidal graph, the helix ties together the circle and the period, arguably, adding a new way of relating/representing/mapping/forecasting the periods of growth and fall and the circular motion of culture (economy).

Therefore, our culture does not move in circles – it moves in spirals. And the markets don’t simply rise and fall, but, again, spiral.