The Earth is losing life forms at a disturbing rate. The biologist Edward O. Wilson has estimated that at least 27,000 species per year are disappearing from our planet. That’s an average of 74 species a day, or three every hour.[...]
So what is human nature? Who are we, how do we think, feel and act? What are our limitations, and how can we overcome them? What do we share, how we are different, how we can be fooled and how lucky are we to be alive?
Those are the questions at the heart of the 2012 edition of TEDxAmsterdam, and you can watch it live online, in HD, starting tomo
A good TED talk is like a commercial for a great idea. There might not be much meat to sink into, but like any good ad agency, TED has its own unique formula for making even the most esoteric subject grabby.[...]
Ramesh Raskar joined the MIT Media Lab in 2008, where he heads up the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. For some time, the researcher has drawn inspiration from another MIT professor, Harold Edgerton, a pioneer of stop-action photography, who famously photographed a bullet moving through an apple in 1964.[...]
“Unique” is an overused word, so much so that it appears in overqualified redundancies like “completely” or “very unique.” But, what the hell, I’m going to go ahead and call Dan Philips very unique.[...]
The TEDGlobal 2012 conference kicked off this week in Edinburgh, Scotland, with “Radical Openness” being its main theme. How do we learn from one another and relate to one another in an interconnected world? And how do ideas spread, as TED would say, in our global community? Those are the basic questions at hand.[...]
Late last week, The National Journal published a story called The Inequality Speech That TED Won’t Show You, along with a related story explaining the controversy, which boils down to this:
TED organizers invited a multimillionaire Seattle venture capitalist named Nick Hanauer – the first nonfamily investor in Amazon.
A quick fyi for TED heads. In early 2011 we mentioned that someone put together a handy online spreadsheet that lists 1377 TED Talks, with handy links to each individual video. It’s worth mentioning the spreadsheet again because this evolving Google doc has now grown beyond 1200 talks.[...]
Since it began posting videos six years ago of its now-famous talks, TED has established itself and its “ideas worth spreading” as a forum for cutting-edge thinking about everything under the sun. Pioneers in social networking, neurology, art—you name it, the pithiest speakers of our day find an audience at TED’s two annual conferences.[...]