Explorable Inequality

If you read this blog, then you will be the first to know about a new interactive tool we are releasing right now!  In the final chapter of Robot Futures I talk about the potential good that technology can bring to bear, particularly if data is shared publicly to enable authentic discourse about our future.  Following my review of Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, I have been extremely interested to see the reception he and his book have received in the U.S. over the past few weeks. This is obviously touching a very, very sensitive nerve. Piketty’s book is based on the World Top Incomes Database, a crowning achievement in collecting and organizing tax roll information from dozens of countries covering much of the 20th century until the present. While you can go to WTID and openly download the data, and even generate some graphs, one at a time, we at the CREATE Lab felt that now would be the perfect time to make the WTID set truly explorable, so that anyone can gain the insight they ought to have about global wealth distributions over time and space by visually interacting with the data. So I am very happy to announce the release of the Explorable Inequality website. As you explore the data, your URL will constantly change, so that you can save or share your view with anyone. Furthermore, if you find this tool useful, we will strive to add more categories and types of data as fast as practical.  Thanks go to Randy Sargent and Chris Bartley at CREATE for bringing this interactive vision to life.


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