Data-Driven Robots​


Bloomberg helps users track the stocks and flow of commodities between countries and markets.

But, for the uninitiated, global commodity trade data can be as boring as hell. 

 

To get visitors passing through the office excited about it, we used that same real data to choreograph industrial robots who moved physical pods of actual commodities to illustrate the capacity of global trade around the world.


If you want to go deeper: Commodities are divided into three broad categories: energies, metals and agriculture. Products like oil, iron, and corn are traded and speculated upon by investors but, unlike stocks and shares, they are goods that must be physically transported all over the world. Whether that’s 3 billion tonnes of iron ore from Brazil to China, 45 tonnes of wheat from the U.S. to Nigeria or Qatar’s daily export of 33 kilo barrels of oil to India, that’s a lot of physical commodities on the move. This installation uses raw commodities to visualize the last month’s geographic movement of wheat, iron ore and natural gas.

© 2019 Damian Totman