I had the privilege to see Dr. Hans Rosling speak at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. An event where Elon Musk announced Tesla would be repaying their government loans early and Secretary Steven Chu kicked off his talk with a dirty joke. The punchline, “Yes, but my previous husband was an entrepreneur. Every night he would stand at the end of the bed and tell me how great it was going to be”. With all the great technology being exhibited and guest speakers like Elon Musk, Dr. Chu, T. Boone Pickens, and several congressmen & women, Dr. Rosling blew them all out of the water! Dr. Rosling put an amazing show using his revolutionary data visualization tools as he painted a picture of global health and economics which he used to promote his battle against preconceived notions. Cheers to you Dr. Rosling!
“I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I’m joking, but who would’ve guessed that computer engineers would’ve been the sexy job of the 1990s?”
-Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google