Here is the latest in a series of annual topological trend maps created by Richard Watson of NowandNext.
The detail in the map is incredible and the various branches include subjects such as Society & Culture, Geopolitics, Environment & Climate and IT & Telecomms.
It reminds me of a copy of a lithograph from the Tate I used to have in my house in London, which was a re-imagining of Harry Beck’s famous London Underground map. Instead of the Economy and Financial Services, Simon Patterson’s The Great Bear changed the lines to different cultural and scientific icons, such as Film Actors (the Northern Line), Engineers (the Bakerloo Line) and Musicians (the Metropolitan Line).
As with the Great Bear, Richard Watson’s work will bear repeated visits, which will no doubt throw up something surprising each time.
I just hope I am still alive when augmented reality contact lenses hit the market.