Turning Point


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 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 part of the the future is invisible expo, I worked together with the optoelectronics lab of southampton university. They created nanocrystals that can hold several terabytes of data for an infinite amound of time (source).

Data selection

I selected a data set that describes the current state of affairs of the world, including “hours worked per day, CO2 pollution, number of transistors per chip,…” (full set here). One crystal also has a hologram of the world hidden within,  which becomes visible when a laser shines through.
The data was encoded by the people at the optoelectronics lab into 2 nanocrystals on a tiny line, dividing the crystal into two equal parts. This symbolizes our current place in history. Will we act and use our knowledge and technology to better the situation, or wait and regress…




Expo: The future is invisible  /   Morgendauw