5 unconventional maps to get lost in

Originally posted on TED Blog:


From the earliest days of human exploration we’ve made progressively more accurate and sophisticated maps. Maps help us find our way around the world we live in. Maps help us get to our destination. Maps keep us from becoming lost.

But what if you have no destination? What if becoming lost is the point? Well, there’s a map for that. Lots of them, actually.

[ted_talkteaser id=1823]Unconventional maps are on the mind today because today’s talk features one. TED Fellows Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley share how they created a map of the TEDx Universe — which looks a bit like an everlasting gobstopper — out of the diverse ideas expressed at TEDx events. The pair got the idea to create this map upon discovering that they had both spoken at TED conferences. They decided to use the YouTube transcripts of 24,000 TEDx talks to pinpoint the connections that…

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