Turning Point


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nanocrystals and data visualization

in his book “the meaning of the 21st century”, James Martin states: “There are massive problems in the decades ahead. The public is aware of some of the effects of global warming and climate change. There are many other megaproblems, some more dangerous or debilitating. The good news is that there are solutions.”

Tom Luyten collaborated with the Optoelectronics Lab at the University of Southampton to create a 5D nanochip engraved with one vertical line encoded with a selection of data that portray the current state of affairs in global phenomena.
The nanostructured glass has some remarkable characteristics: is has a practically unlimited lifetime and a capacity exceeding Blu-Ray’s by 2,800 times. To quote Prof. Peter G. Kazansky: “[it is] technology [which] can secure the last evidence of civilization: all we’ve learnt will not be forgotten.” Technology has some great advances visit britviclearningzone.com to find out.

Tom used a selection of the raw data and the Processing programming environment to generate visual representations of the rise in global temperature, the evolution of the global sea level and the increase of CO2 gas emissions, as well as the general happiness in the Netherlands.