Monthly Archives April 2014

A Guide to the Internet of Things [Infographic]

Every so often there comes along a fact or prediction about the future of technology that blows my mind. This infographic, published by, takes us on a tour of the Internet of Things landscape, exploring its current state and its future possibilities. This fact in particular is the one that got me this week: “Our Internet of Things world is growing at a breathtaking pace — from 2 billion objects in 2006 to a projected 200 billion objects by 2020.” Not only that but by 2025, the total global worth of IoT technology could reach up to $6.2 trillion, with healthcare and manufacturing making up the bulk.

This infographic goes into a variety of different industry examples, but I’m especially happy to see that robotic machinery got a shout out. (If you missed it, check out one of my previous blog posts on the quantified cow, where I talk about robotic milking machines.)

View the full infographic below and let us know what you think. Did anything in particular blow you away?

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10 Social Media Facts You Should Know in 2014

Did you know 500 million tweets are sent every day? Or that more than 55 million photos are shared every day? The online social landscape is impressive — both Facebook and YouTube have more than 1 billion users, Twitter has 232 million active users (and 651 million accounts), and Pinterest has more than 70 million users, just to name a few. There’s no doubt about it — that’s a staggering amount of people connecting through the Internet. While the popularity of these sites may be something we’ve known for a long time, the amount of data shared and transmitted on each social network just may surprise you.

Check out the video below (created by 24motiondesign) and let us know what you think in the comments. Did these stats surprise you?

Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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Tell the White House What You Think About Their Use of Big Data

When you think of the US government and big data, it’s almost impossible not to think about the issue of privacy and the growing concerns surrounding it. In light of multiple controversies surrounding this topic including Edward Snowden, the NSA and general US spying, the government has (perhaps belatedly) opened conversations on the future of privacy — and you can join in.

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Back in January the White House launched a 90-day comprehensive review on the use of big data and its impact on the future of privacy. Part of this review includes a short, public survey where you can voice your opinions on who you trust (or don’t) with your data. The survey asks a series of questions like how different types of data collection concern you (with options ranging from “not at all” to “very concerned”), and there’s a free-form section where you can share everything on your mind. Headed by President Obama’s counselor John Podesta, the review should offer insight and eventually lead to an action plan on how the government uses big data.

We know you have lots to say about this so go on, tell the prez what you think HERE. While you’re at it, let us know what you think about this initiative in the comments too — we’re curious!

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Science Tells Us How to Have a Happy Relationship

The secret to a happy relationship has finally been cracked thanks to Happify and countless hours of scientific research. Now I know some of you have probably seen this infographic before (probably a couple months ago around Valentine’s Day), but I thought it was so good I had to share in case you missed it. Also who doesn’t want a few tips every now and then about how to dominate your romantic life?

The infographic includes some insightful pointers, but here’s a little tip of my own to help send you down the path to happiness with your partner — send it to your significant other for brownie points because it’s going to start a dialogue. Not only that but it’s going to start a positive dialogue (I’m 95% sure on that but don’t quote me), which just so happens to be the number one takeaway: Have a good positive to negative interaction ratio. This is probably the most important message, and the rest is all about how to reach that ratio.

Getting a good positive to negative interaction ratio comes in many shapes and sizes, but we’ll let the data speak for itself. Here’s how you and your partner can make it happen:

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