From the birth of a word, to the intersection of media and conversation

March 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Broadcast, Media, Videos


This is an absolutely must-see TED talk. Having seen a preview a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to see the amazing data visualisations that would come out of five years of video and audio analysis around a baby learning how to talk.

That was cool enough. What I didn’t expect was how Deb Roy has since applied his research in language acquisition to the intersection of public
media and online conversations. Think ABC’s #QandA on steroids, but instead of just monitoring or displaying the hashtag, it’s mapping every public conversation and connection that’s taking place around a program or individual broadcast.

The screengrab above is from the presentation, and shows the connections being made with an individual piece of content.

Deb Roy’s full TED talk video below.