Taking the World’s Economic Pulse

Published on
February 22nd, 2017
24 minutes

Taking the World’s Economic Pulse

Think Piece ·
Featuring James Crawford

Published on: February 22nd, 2017 • Duration: 24 minutes

James Crawford, Founder and CEO of Orbital Insight, takes us on a fascinating flight through space to capture the world's economic heartbeat. In this Think Piece, James explains how Orbital’s large scale geo-analytics blends satellites and artificial intelligence, to pinpoint the scale of global energy reserves and mineral deposits. Filmed on January 5, 2017 in San Francisco.


  • SU
    Shakeel U.
    4 November 2018 @ 15:15
    Alot to learn from this, exceptional!
  • BF
    Brad F.
    21 August 2017 @ 13:24
    This reminds me of a radio lab episode called Watching You, Watching Me. In 2004, A chap called Ross McNutt used a 44 megapixel camera and a small place to record everything that happened in a town in Iraq. When a bomb went off they would see it, and then be able to rewind the day and track there bomber all the way back to his house. While we may not be there yet, the implications of such tech on a global scale are incredible.
    • BF
      Brad F.
      21 August 2017 @ 13:25
      Annoyingly I can't edit my typo. That should say "a 44 megapixel camera and a small plane".
  • AC
    Andrew C.
    7 March 2017 @ 09:21
    Fascinating! These cameras are approaching scary .the moon in great detail :https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1xdWouk5RzE
  • sw
    stefan w.
    7 March 2017 @ 03:36
    Came across as a bit promotional
  • bf
    bart f.
    2 March 2017 @ 18:40
    Fascinating and scary (due to uncontrolled intrusion). I guess the Chinese and Saudi will now cover up their oil tank tops.
  • DY
    Damian Y.
    1 March 2017 @ 11:52
    This was really interesting, another brilliant business idea. RV should do more videos like this as I learned something new, thanks.
  • JC
    John C.
    26 February 2017 @ 08:46
    well I certainly learned something, nice summary of the industry and 'democratization' of the satellite industry. Didn't know my phone was a satellite (even though I throw it at the couch from time to time)! :)
  • AF
    Andrew F.
    24 February 2017 @ 15:54
    Again another eye opener to what is relevant for each persons needs for his business or portfolio or what an industry may do or perform in the near future. Great insight. Thx RVT.
  • WM
    Will M.
    24 February 2017 @ 03:33
    I don't agree that RVT should only focus on videos with "insights" or trading recommendations This is an example of an information source that can give very clear indicators of whats happening on the globe. Interesting stuff indeed and quite appropriate for RVT to have a few of these informative topics very now and then.
  • TM
    Todd M.
    24 February 2017 @ 01:17
    As thought provoking as last time. If you already knew this and thought through the implications - congrats you are cutting edge! If not - this is another awesome RV interview. Complexities galore....and plenty of Hedgies have this data and you don't.
  • JC
    Justin C.
    23 February 2017 @ 23:39
    Just an ad - not worth anything to me.
  • RD
    RP D.
    23 February 2017 @ 22:16
    1st swivel chair interview on RV, hopefully the last. Good info.
  • NS
    Nic S.
    23 February 2017 @ 20:56
    Not much information presented. Just made me wish I could afford his services
  • RN
    Robert N.
    23 February 2017 @ 10:50
    Very interesting to generalise this and look to future issues, as well as privacy and terrorism. An update or comment on the Kessler effect would be useful. "The Kessler syndrome is a scenario in which the density of objects in low Earth orbit is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade where each collision generates space debris that increases the likelihood of further collisions. One implication is that the distribution of debris in orbit could render space activities and the use of satellites in specific orbital ranges unfeasible for many generations." There was a BBC programme on this and the Wikipedia article is also useful.
  • FM
    Fraser M.
    23 February 2017 @ 07:43
    Thanks RV - fast paced, informative and gives some insights into a world w can't see but it's certainly watching us!
  • SP
    Steve P.
    23 February 2017 @ 05:20
    What an absolutely astonishing 'science'. Satellite imagery has been around awhile but the recent advances in information collection via enhanced technology and Elon Musk's Space X providing cheap satellite launch capabilities, boggles the mind. Upon reflection, this could be one very sobering technological advance in the hands of various global governments. The capability of those in power to collect and interpret information on this scale only grows and doesn't leave much to the imagination as to where it eventually leads. Thank you RV for such an important and insightful video.
  • SC
    Sam C.
    23 February 2017 @ 03:41
    Where was the insight ?
  • TW
    Tom W.
    22 February 2017 @ 22:02
    Fascinating! Thanks for providing this information with an update on the state of the technology, how it is used, and explanation of the business models. Very useful!
  • NG
    Nicolas G.
    22 February 2017 @ 21:42
    Agree, sales pitch, nothing new. Yet an interesting company to follow up.
  • SS
    Sam S.
    22 February 2017 @ 21:40
  • AT
    Aaron T.
    22 February 2017 @ 20:55
    RV you continue to present incredible information! Looking for my Managerial Stats book as we speak:)
  • MA
    Mike A.
    22 February 2017 @ 20:33
    Not useful unless you were dying to watch a 24 minute infomercial.
  • JS
    James S.
    22 February 2017 @ 18:07
    This video is what I like about RV. It has no application to my investment strategy BUT what an amazing insight into an incredible niche industry. Expanding minds.
  • PE
    Phillip E.
    22 February 2017 @ 18:07
    We need info, not a sales pitch!