TED-Talk: AlloSphere – Flying thru brains and electrons

Okay, das hier ist extrem gehirnverknotend. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin stellte auf der TED-Konferenz im Februar ihre AlloSphere vor, eine riesige Metall-Kugel, in der Daten visualisiert werden. Darin können Wissenschaftler durch Gehirne fliegen, Elektronen nicht nur visualisieren sondern auch hören. Sowas wie 3D-Kino in einer riesigen Metalkugel für Wissenschaftler. This. Is. It!

Eins der Themen, die mich schon sehr lange interessieren und über die ich hier viel zu selten schreibe, ist die Zusammenführung von Kunst und Wissenschaft, über die Ästhetik von Daten und mein Datavisualization-Tag ist völlig unterfüttert, denn das Thema ist extrem spannend und desshalb finde ich diesen leider nur recht kurzen Vortrag absolut superawesome.

Hier der Vortrag, danach noch ein kleines Interview mit der Dame:


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So what's going on at the AlloSphere? What do you hope to use it for?

Different people from different facets understand the nature of the instrument, and understand what we're trying to do to bring art, science and engineering together. Some come from the practical level of research, with implications for industry and development. But we're also working with mathematical concepts quantifying things that are almost spiritual. We're advancing the nature of who and what we are and the nature of the universe.

We're all just out there mapping, looking for constructs.

Constructs?

We're looking for patterns. We're looking for beauty. The way that we appreciate beauty deals with the nature of complexity, uniqueness, subtle changes over time that catch you by surprise. It's something we look at as artists, and our scientists are looking for this too.

I was talking to a Nobel Prize-winning physicist on campus. And he said, "Why do I need this? My work is data. It's numbers." And I said, "Have you ever been working on a problem on your computer screen, you've been really stuck, and then one of your colleagues walks through your door, and from three and a half feet away says, 'That data doesn't look right'?" That's the value of looking for patterns in data. Patterns you can't see when you're up close.

We intuitively know these things. Cultures have been weaving these patterns, plowing these patterns, etching these patterns. This is what we are.

Mapping terrain in space and time: Exclusive interview with JoAnn Kuchera-Morin of the AlloSphere