Timeline of data mining from Wolfram

Steven Wolfram and team have gathered together a big timeline of key events in the history of systematic data and computable knowledge. The team has created a beautiful infographic and a five foot long poster available for mail order.

It’s fascinating.

One critique I have is that it’s very US-centric, especially in the last period, say the last 50 years.

Just one example: one milestone says 1963 ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) codes are introduced by the US Post Office. “
Well, the postal codes have been introduced in Germany in 1941 (the PLZ codes) and maybe in other countries even earlier.

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