A map of human problems

By | June 21, 2014

A map of human problemsI want something I can’t find on the net: a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to be able to interact with it, add to it, vote on it!

We have all this information, so organize it! Who can help? Google? I want a globe where the continents are categories.

Here is a great planet maker: http://planetmaker.wthr.us/# I’d like something like terrestrial planet X.0 with randomly generated continents like this:

I want to zoom in on a problem to see the bleeding edge technology with details explained so anyone could understand it.

“At this year’s CeBIT exhibition, the team from Fraunhofer IGD / Fraunhofer IDM@NTU, Singapore, presents a new, exciting, X3DOM-based prototype for fast, intuitive exploration of information, which is entitled InfoLand. Information is presented on a multi-touch interface through a graphical representation, serving as an information or marketing tool for industry partners and collaborators, researchers, and students. Information is presented in the form of text, images, videos and 3D models, which can be accessed intuitively.”

Sounds like the InfoLand engine is close to being capable of what I’m imagining, but it doesn’t seem to be available for anyone to use.  What are the big categories?

Here’s a nice model as a start, but replace the Earth continents with the human problem continents, let them take different shapes as people add content and as old ideas erode.


As far as the problems we face, here is one interesting list, The Grand Challenges for Engineering as determined by a committee of the National Academy of Engineering.

Find out what committee members said about the challenges at the news conference where they were unveiled.

via http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/cms/challenges.aspx

Health, wealth (allocation) and wisdom (education) seem to be good general categories. More than health informatics, we need to take action based on the best available evidence and we need to deal with deception and disagreement among different studies to get at agreed truths faster.

5 thoughts on “A map of human problems

  1. oliver stieber

    a lot of human and environmental based problems and solutions are already ‘mapped’ by governments in europe… Voting granularity is provided by the ability to opt in (or sometimes opt out) of particular choices in solution options…. What you seem to be asking for is socilism.

    1. Anonymous Post author

      Hi Oliver. Are any of these maps something I can see right now? I want to visualize the whole mass of human problems as a 3D structure. Is work to agree upon what we as a species need and what we will consider “progress” the work of socialism? Is it a threatening thing, this map I propose? I’m very curious why no map of human problems already exists. Perhaps you nailed it: People only care locally. That’s fine, but I still want, for my own educational use, this model to examine, to watch. I may have to build it myself. Hope not.

      1. oliverthered

        This is a starting point, subsets are published in various ways periodically, often with maps and charts, in addition there are government sites that provide the ‘solutions’ end to go along with the statistics available at this site.

        Yes it would be nice to have everything combined neatly and in a browsable manner, that is a slightly separate issue that is in the process of being resolved, the issue that data access is limited to certain groups of people, though again this is more or less, if not completely resolved, pending collation of that data in a usable format… one example would be publication of twitter data


  2. Anonymous Post author

    Great! Thank you very much, a great start. The statistics UK data-scape there is very similar to what I envision, but it needs another consistent layer before the publications layer; it needs an “issues” layer. Issues/problems give the reasons for the topics which contain them and focus the publications. I’d like all other sites like this I can find, to merge them into a graphical navigable entity. People have done the work, it just needs to be packaged in a visually enjoyable and wildly useful tool.

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