Hans Rosling is amazing and what he does with data is remarkable. These tools will liberate data and may, if properly used, revolutionize our understanding of the world: [courtesy of Jonah Goldberg]
Take 20 minutes and be amazed.
Now we need smart people, with time and expertise, to use these tools to look at all sorts of data that are currently poorly understood even as the data is misunderstood and abused by our policy makers and reporters.
For example, were we to be able to visualize the data related to the housing bubble collapse and/or the economic meltdown of 2008 we might actually be able to begin to understand its causes and find ways to prevent a repeat.
(There is no truth to the rumor that the preceding comment was meant as a hint to M_O_M.)