The New Year, and Beyond

Happy 2011! Gosh, I’m feeling old. Hopefully, I’ll still make it to the 2060s and beyond, at which point we might… just might… be nearing the technological singularity and develop new bio- and nano-technologies enabling a rapid rise in health and over-all life expectancy. That’s my hope, anyway. To that end, allow me to present Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes.

This short documentary chronicles the growth of wealth, health, and longevity from 1810 to 2010, for some 200 countries, and demonstrates a trend that the disparity between “first world countries” and “third world countries” is rapidly converging toward a healthy, wealthy future. Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking. Still, it’s very nice presentation with pretty cool statistical visualization graphics.

On to 2011 and beyond!  Live long and prosper.

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