The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist
I want something I can’t find on the net: a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to be able to interact with it, add to it, vote on it!
We have all this information, so organize it! Who can help? Google? I want a globe where the continents are categories.
Here is a great planet maker: http://planetmaker.wthr.us/# I’d like something like terrestrial planet X.0 with randomly generated continents like this:
I want to zoom in on a problem to see the bleeding edge technology with details explained so anyone could understand it.
“At this year’s CeBIT exhibition, the team from Fraunhofer IGD / Fraunhofer IDM@NTU, Singapore, presents a new, exciting, X3DOM-based prototype for fast, intuitive exploration of information, which is entitled InfoLand. Information is presented on a multi-touch interface through a graphical representation, serving as an information or marketing tool for industry partners and collaborators, researchers, and students. Information is presented in the form of text, images, videos and 3D models, which can be accessed intuitively.”
Sounds like the InfoLand engine is close to being capable of what I’m imagining, but it doesn’t seem to be available for anyone to use. What are the big categories?
Here’s a nice model as a start, but replace the Earth continents with the human problem continents, let them take different shapes as people add content and as old ideas erode.
As far as the problems we face, here is one interesting list, The Grand Challenges for Engineering as determined by a committee of the National Academy of Engineering.
- Make solar energy economical
- Provide energy from fusion
- Develop carbon sequestration methods
- Manage the nitrogen cycle
- Provide access to clean water
- Restore and improve urban infrastructure
- Advance health informatics
- Engineer better medicines
- Reverse-engineer the brain
- Prevent nuclear terror
- Secure cyberspace
- Enhance virtual reality
- Advance personalized learning
- Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
Find out what committee members said about the challenges at the news conference where they were unveiled.
Health, wealth (allocation) and wisdom (education) seem to be good general categories. More than health informatics, we need to take action based on the best available evidence and we need to deal with deception and disagreement among different studies to get at agreed truths faster.