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This blows my mind – the usage of the term "visualization" in the sense of a "scientific visualization" is barely 25 years old:

"Scientific visualization is a relatively new subfield within the larger area of computer graphics. The term “visualization” was first used in this sense by a National Science Foundation (NSF) panel discussing the application of computer science to problems of data analysis [McCormick et al. 1987]. The panel defined the “domain of visualization” to include the development of general-purpose tools and the study of research problems that arise in the process."

From: Healey, Christopher G., Kellogg S. Booth, and James T. Enns. "High-speed visual estimation using preattentive processing." ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) 3.2 (1996): 107-135.
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This piece makes Google Glass sound almost irresistible... but completely world-changing. 

Inside of a decade (much less, actually, is my bet), most of us will have cameras able to record what we're seeing, sharing experiences at-will – and recording them – and instant, on-demand access to information only hinted at with smartphones. 

Privacy falls a notch or two with this development – but so does access and connectivity.

Are we ready for the consequences? I'm not sure, but I'm excited to try it out (because it's coming regardless)... 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/22/4013406/i-used-google-glass-its-the-future-with-monthly-updates
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I find it interesting that the copyright holders of such a limited fraction of content (and gradually diminishing in value share, at that) can control so much about the way we experience the world – particularly the digital world.

And, now, they may make free-wifi a thing of the past:

Six Strikes May Mean The End of Free WiFi:
http://thebrief.io/news/six-strikes-may-mean-the-end-of-free-wifi
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Hmm. OK. Still wrong that the TOS say they can't use their business connection to provide Internet service for customers.
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This actually makes me very happy: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6385/microsoft-surface-review – I think that we need (at least) three big players in the tablet/mobile market. MSFT seems to have done a really good job of moving (back?) into that space without making a me-too product. If I had the cash, I might well pick up a surface.
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It's not for me, but I'm glad they made a strong product too.
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In contrast, here's a nice bit of interactive visualization, illustrating the Drake Equation: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120821-how-many-alien-worlds-exist
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http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/03/makerbot-announces-new-desktop-3d-scanner-you-know-to-go-with-your-3d-printer/

I think this is the start of a very interesting and potentially litigious future. 

What happens as our technology outstrips our ideas (and more importantly) our laws about intellectual property rights? What happens when you can simply scan the broken part for your car/dishwasher/jet pack and print new, perfect version in under an hour, at home? 

There are more implications, of course, but I genuinely think that it's capabilities like this that have huge potential for changing the way our physical economy and intellectual property laws work.
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This is pretty exciting news – it has the potential to make electric cars much, much more viable andcharging anything with a battery much more efficient (I believe) and much more quick.

http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/science/more-good-news-on-those-carbon-supercapacitors.html
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This feels like it's aimed at a business audience/developed by an MBA, but it's still a decent way to get a quick overview of a bunch of visualization methods (some better than others)  http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html 
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Once again, Design Staff does an excellent job. This short piece is a good, if brief, how-to on how to start a product (software, hardware, whatever) design sprint/project the right way. 


http://www.designstaff.org/articles/product-design-sprint-day-1-understand-2012-10-16.html
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I've stared at this for a good few minutes a couple times and I'm still left feeling sad that good information is sullied by bad visualization. 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=longevity-why-we-die-global-life-expectancy
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