Every birth and death in the world in front of your eyes

Marcus Roberts
17 Dec 2013
Reproduced with Permission

Dear all, it's stunning weather today in Auckland. It certainly feels that summer is upon us and that Christmas is just around the corner! This is all very exciting, but made last night very tiresome as Thomas found it much too hot to sleep well at all. Which has made me a somewhat tired father today! So nothing too cerebral today.

Instead I am sharing with you another fantastic little graphic from the Atlantic. (You may remember the last one I shared about the most popular first names in the USA a couple of months ago.) This graphic is a simulation of the births and deaths in the world occurring in real time. That is, it is a simulation which tracks the births and deaths in the world as they occur (factiously of course, but the countries and timing is based upon the current numbers and projections) The designers of this graphic are building on one they made last year charting the USA's births and deaths in real time:

"Brad Lyon has a doctoral degree in mathematics and does software development. He wanted to make those numbers visual. Last year he and designer Bill Snebold made a hugely popular interactive simulation map of births and deaths in the U.S. alone - the population of which is on pace to increase 44 percent by 2050. Now, Lyon takes on the world.

'This one for world births/deaths is certainly more overwhelming than the one for the U.S.,' Lyon told me, 'and the rate at which they must be occurring gives another glimpse into how big the world is.'"

So far, after staring at the screen for a few minutes, there appears to have been no one who has died or has been born in New Zealand. I live in such an uneventful place. Ah well, at least the sun is shining. (And we won our first cricket test in 12 months! Oh yeah!)