This «histomap», made in 1931, is taken from a page in an old book. It’s an amazingly intuitive way to view the flow of world history over the last 2,000 years. To read the small font, click the map (and then click again to enlarge) for a higher-res version.
Most of us remember how hilariously bad machine translations were just a few years back. Today, Google Translate speaks 57 languages at the level of a 10-year-old. What’s interesting about this comparison is that the machine mastered those languages by actually learning like a child. That is, by not going by rules, but by how language is used. “Don’t ask for the meaning, ask for the use”, as Wittgenstein had put it. Fascinating read that also point to the future of human communication. Maybe tomorrow’s lingua franca is just a machine.