Visualizing the Web




I’m still busy in Houston, but this is too interesting not to post it: Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institut (that’s the same people who invented the mp3 algorithm) finally managed to visualize the web, that is create a visual representation of the data moving on the web at some point in time (the scientists used 4 November 2008). Unfortunately, I haven’t found an English language version of the article, yet, but here is the image they produced. Prof. Dr. Furzelbaum, the leader of the team that published the work in Germany’s computer science technology quarterly Der Computer und Du, is quoted as saying that he is “disappointed, yet not surprised” that the image looks just like a white noise spectrum. Well, I suppose all the naysayers were correct after all. If you want to look at the original article, here it is.