Information technology can lead you to truth but it can’t make you think. In this TED video Hans Rosling shows how visualizing a box of data can illuminate your mind. The quantity of information grows larger every second but with information technology like Gapminder you can put data in a box and turn it into enlightenment. However, the real secret to illumination is detachment—and impossible for mere mortals. Even Dr. Rosling can’t resist imposing his values on the data as his running commentary reveals.
Data visualization offers us the power to replace belief with knowledge but do values remain intact indefinitely?