Some of the world’s greatest minds are consumed these days with the threat of avian flu. In an effort to better understand the evolution of the virus, scientists recently decoded — and published — the genome of the 1918 flu virus (which also jumped from birds to humans). A grave mistake, according to two eminent TEDsters. In today’s New York Times, inventor Ray Kurzweil (TED2005) and Sun Microsystems founder Bill Joy (who will speak at TED2006), argue that publishing this genome is a matter of national — or, rather, global — security. It would be easier, they argue, to create and release this virus than it would be to build and detonate an atomic bomb. Chilling … and well-argued.
We’re not sure anyone could be more excited than us for the launch of Onion Talks, the new weekly video series from The Onion. Forget imitation — parody is the highest form of flattery. We feel honored to be worthy of satire from the masters of the craft. And we’re just hoping that Area Man is […]
Happy All Hallows Evening, TEDsters! While you carve your pumpkins and put the final touches on your costume, here are 12 talks to get you further into the Halloween spirit. Starting with today’s fascinating talk, a love letter to bats. Emma Teeling: The secret of the bat genome Bats have a bad reputation, says Emma […]