So Many Planes……

I found a cool video that shows what  24 hours of world air travel looks like.  Who knew there were so many planes in the air? I can’t believe how mobile humanity is.

I’m always impressed when I’m at a busy airport like JFK or LaGuardia by how many people are going to so many places, but I had no idea about the extent of it until I saw this video.

It drives home the fact that scheduling flights, conducting counterterrorism, isolating diseases and just conducting business is so complex or just plain impossible.

The effect in this video is mesmerizing. There’s a flow early on from North America to Europe, then it reverses later in the day like the tide. The video reminds me of an ant colony, with each ant assigned a job they instinctively know how to do.

Are we ants, just instinctively doing our thing? Are we kidding ourselves that we have more free will than we do? Funny how a video can cause all these wild thoughts.

One Response to “So Many Planes……”

  1. Denis Says:

    this was cool. it’s amazing how few flights there are in south america.

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