When we selected the books to send TEDsters this month, we just had to include The Untied States of America, the startling new book by futurist Juan Enriquez, who’s spoken so powerfully at TED and TEDGLOBAL. Juan looks at the same facts you and I do, but discovers insights that we miss. His book, shockingly, predicts that the next 50 years could see the US (and many other parts of the world) fragment in dangerous and unexpected ways. He writes the same way he speaks. Every page is stuffed with intriguing images, surprising graphs and, as a bonus, wonderful humor. - Chris
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Behold, your weekly recap of TED-related news: Yesterday, a United States federal court ruled that the NSA’s surveillance of phone records is “likely” to be unconstitutional. The New York Times’ editorial board applauded the move today. TED speakers Mikko Hypponen (who gave the talk “How the NSA betrayed the world’s trust”) and Malte Spitz (who […]
BJ Novak on his short story, “The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for the Earth,” which pivots on a misunderstood TED Talk
“If only the earth could hold up a mirror to itself …” Say no more, thought the impatient billionaire in the audience at the TED conference, who found the speaker’s voice as whiny and irritating as his ideas were inspiring and consciousness-shifting. He already knew the part of the speech that was going to stay […]