THE world is held back−unable to even know itself−due to a lack of standards, argues Richard Saul Wurman, a noted architect and creator of the TED conference, during an interview with Kenneth Cukier, the data editor of The Economist, to kick off the Economist 2012 conference Ideas Economy: Information 2012 conference on June 5th in San Francisco (full video above). “No two cities in the world do their maps to the same scales, with the same legends; there is no agreed upon way for doing a border around a city,” he says.
At a sprightly 77 years, Mr Wurman is the author of scores of books on technology and design, and is credited with having coined the term “information architect”. During the interview, he was true to his eccentric, irascible self, which has inspired many to his causes:
21:53 minutes Jun 15th 2012, 18:38 by K.N.C. | LONDON