hello, world

Source: Courtesy of Jeff Tabor and Randy Rettberg

A light-programmable biofilm displaying "Hello World." Close

A light-programmable biofilm displaying "Hello World."

Source: Courtesy of Jeff Tabor and Randy Rettberg

A light-programmable biofilm displaying "Hello World."

Programmers trying out new computer languages traditionally write so-called “hello, world” programs. These are basic scripts created to do nothing but make the words “hello, world” appear on a display or monitor. (So far so good.)

The phrase has taken on a playful cultural status in tech and related communities, in part because it’s an inherently absurd thing to say. “Hello” is a mundane greeting people give each other in passing. The idea of giving a casual nod to the whole world at once just doesn't make much sense.

It would make better sense to make the world smaller, to greet its discrete pieces rather than the great un-embraceable thing. And that’s why we’re here on a new Bloomberg News reporters’ blog we're calling “The Grid.”

The particular grid that gives this site its name is imagined: the latitude and longitude lines that have made the whole world a navigable place for centuries. It also refers to the various networked systems that have grown to encompass the globe: electricity, communications, shipping, migration. What we’re going to do on this blog is travel the world, square-by-square, and begin to assemble the largest-scale and most consequential story of our time: How to keep the engines of the global economy running into perpetuity.

Bloomberg News has reporters spread across 146 bureaus in 72 countries. The Bloomberg Professional Service tracks the largest moves and tiniest ticks of the global economy, and has for 30 years. These resources make it possible to begin to tell the story, bit by bit, of a world in transition. It’s a world of increasing global players competing for diminishing strategic resources. It’s a complex, high-stakes race, whose results will affect lives and livelihoods of the world's 7 billion inhabitants.

Welcome aboard. Don't be a stranger. Stop by when you can and say hello.

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