Remember, back in those innocent days of the beginning of 2016, when income inequality seemed like an issue we might actually start to confront? Ah, to be living in the timeline where that momentum continued.
But while our cabinet of billionaires may have pushed issues of equity off the national agenda, when a designer remakes city maps based on differences in incomes from block to block, the results remind you that it’s just one of the many issues that we must be vigilant to not let fall by the wayside over the next four years.
In addition to the problems of income inequality and the shrinking middle class, these 10 infographics–our favorites that we wrote about in 2016–also explain our energy, financial, and shipping systems, the global population boom, our diets, and when your job will be taken by a robot. Couple those with a series of maps that will reframe how you think about geopolitics and you have the start of an understanding of the world we are living in today: interconnected, increasingly automated, and full of vast inequities. Please absorb them well and get ready for 2017.
Tall buildings represent the wealthy; short ones represent the poor. What’s missing? The middle class.
The ways we look at geopolitics are hopelessly out of date. Military might and the power of nation-states aren’t what they used to be. Now, it’s all about who’s the most connected.
A million dollars isn’t cool. 1.2 quadrillion dollars is cool. (In other words, you might want to get into derivatives.)
There will be 9.5 billion people on Earth in 2050.
Take a master’s level course in improving your energy literacy, down to the half percent of our energy that we use to fly military jets.
International shipping—which touches 90% of everything we buy—is a major global polluter, and this map makes it easy to understand why.
Until recently, barely anyone had even heard of a dark leafy green.
What’s your job’s “automation potential”? Hint: It’s very high!
What better way to contemplate bad wealth distribution than thinking about being jammed into an economy class plane seat?
You might not have known it from the old map, but you can actually get to a lot of places by train (if you’re willing to take a while).