Taking the World’s Economic Pulse

Featuring James Crawford

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.

Published on
22 February, 2017
Energy Commodities, Technology
24 minutes
Asset class
Equities, Commodities


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    Shakeel U.

    4 11 2018 15:15

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    Alot to learn from this, exceptional!

  • BF

    Brad F.

    21 8 2017 13:24

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    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.

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    Andrew C.

    7 3 2017 09:21

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    Fascinating! These cameras are approaching scary .the moon in great detail :https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1xdWouk5RzE

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    stefan w.

    7 3 2017 03:36

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    Came across as a bit promotional

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    bart f.

    2 3 2017 18:40

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    Fascinating and scary (due to uncontrolled intrusion). I guess the Chinese and Saudi will now cover up their oil tank tops.

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    Damian Y.

    1 3 2017 11:52

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    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 2 2017 08:46

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    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 2 2017 15:54

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    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 2 2017 03:33

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    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 2 2017 01:17

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    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 2 2017 23:39

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    Just an ad - not worth anything to me.

  • RD

    RP D.

    23 2 2017 22:16

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    1st swivel chair interview on RV, hopefully the last. Good info.

  • NS

    Nic S.

    23 2 2017 20:56

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    Not much information presented. Just made me wish I could afford his services

  • RN

    Robert N.

    23 2 2017 10:50

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    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 2 2017 07:43

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    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 2 2017 05:20

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    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 2 2017 03:41

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    Where was the insight ?

  • TW

    Tom W.

    22 2 2017 22:02

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    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 2 2017 21:42

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    Agree, sales pitch, nothing new. Yet an interesting company to follow up.

  • SS

    Sam S.

    22 2 2017 21:40

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  • AT

    Aaron T.

    22 2 2017 20:55

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    RV you continue to present incredible information! Looking for my Managerial Stats book as we speak:)

  • MA

    Mike A.

    22 2 2017 20:33

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    Not useful unless you were dying to watch a 24 minute infomercial.

  • JS

    James S.

    22 2 2017 18:07

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    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.

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    Phillip .

    22 2 2017 18:07

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    We need info, not a sales pitch!