Lev Manivich is an author and Professor of Visual Arts at UCSD who’s looking for new ways to create quantitative measures of cultural innovation and visualize cultural flows and how trends change over time.

Using powerful computers and huge data sets culled from sources such as digital media collections, social network traffic, meta data and conversations on the web, Manivich hopes to visualize all this information into a comprehensive map that can be studied and explored for real time cultural analysis.

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