Monday, September 24, 2007

In the future

Forgotten Futures is a data sculpture which visualizes 100 years of forward thought. Using web-crawls of Google News, Google Blog and Google Scholar, the phrase "in the future" was associated with key words and phrases which reveal previous though about the future of our world. The top 100 terms for each year were categorized using the Dewey Decimal system, and mapped onto a grid. Holes were drilled into sheets of plexiglass whose sizes correspond to their frequency. For example, "war" is the biggest hole in 1945.

A beautiful plexiglass sculpture by Christopher O'Leary.
Via Infosthetics

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