At face value, Living On A Prayer and Bitch Better Have My Money have very little in common. But the way our most popular musicians tour looks virtually identical on a map, whether you’re talking about Bon Jovi, Rihanna, Billy Joel, Kanye West, or Trans Siberian orchestra. They all jet-set from city to city, huge stadium to huge stadium, on a path that differs dramatically from that of less popular acts. advertisement It’s an insight discovered by Topos, a firm that uses artificial intelligence to study cities. By using collaborative filtering–the same machine learning technique that companies like Netflix use to suggest shows and movies you might like–Topos was able to distinguish five notable tiers for traveling acts, and then build a system that could recommend a tour schedule for the budding, or established, musician. Topos also charted out the results in infographics that show just how different these tours look on a map. What you see … [Read more...] about A Fascinating Look At How Musicians Tour The U.S.
advertisement advertisement While traveling on a Semester at Sea in 2005, Adam Braun met a boy in India. When he asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, the boy said: “A pencil.” Adam reached into his backpack, pulled out a pencil, and gave it to the boy. It could have sufficed as a poignant rejoinder for cocktail conversation, but the moment stirred something deeper in Adam. Braun went on to found Pencils of Promise, which raises money to build schools that provide basic education for preschool and primary age students in remote villages. School sizes range from 20 to 200 students. In three countries the schools have served more than 4,000 students. Last month Pencils of Promise reached a milestone, marking the completion of their 50th school. And Braun and his team of 50 (10 in New York and 40 in the field) are on track to add another 50 schools by the end of 2012. At the heart of Pencils of Promise are members of its influential social media … [Read more...] about Innovation Agents: Adam Braun, Justin Bieber, And Pencils Of Promise