I was checking TED for new videos today (a practice I try to make a weekly habit) and I came across David McCandless' presentation on data visualization. His combination of modern design elements and raw data allows for some very interesting (and beautiful) patterns to emerge from otherwise lifeless numbers. I'm sharing the link for his TED talk below. If the presentation peaks your interest you may want to check out his website as well. He has data sets on health supplements, politics, $$$, which flights are most likely to crash, military size and budget, wiki wars, international #1s... all kinds of stuff.
Also, Peter Molyneux (whose name i can spell without checking the web cause i have a streak of geek in me) has posted a video demoing Milo, the latest steps towards artificial intelligence. Milo is essentially an xbox 360 game that uses Microsoft Kinect hardware. Kinect, if you don't already know is an advanced motion, picture, and audio tracking device that allows the user to directly interact with software without the need for a controller or mouse. It's pretty cool tech, especially the cloud capabilities that Peter mentions. Milo (the software) will be connected via internet to a collection of data that is constantly updated (the cloud). This allows Milo (the software) to "learn" what things are called and how to speak and interact better with the audience (/consumer/participant/friend?). It's an interesting framework that will probably be a huge part of technology in the near future.