The National Academies’ “Grand Challenges for Engineering” list, released yesterday, runs down the 14 most pressing issues we must face in the 21st century. Creating access to clean water … restoring our cities … engineering new medicines and new ways of providing care … the list is vast and inspiring. Look on the Next Steps area to find out where we can go from here.
TED2014 newsmakers: Ray Kurzweil on the year computers will surpass humans, Bill and Melinda Gates seek a better condom design, and much more
With just one week left to go until TED2014, our speakers are putting the final touches on their talks. But that’s hardly all they’ve been up to. This week, check out which speaker has a bold prediction about artificial intelligence, which one put out a call for a more creative condom design, which one wrote […]
TED News in the Brief: J. Craig Venter creates biological fax machine, Jack Andraka honored by Vatican, and more
Over the past week, we’ve noticed a lot of TED-related news items in the ether. Here, some highlights: J. Craig Venter (watch his talks on creating “synthetic life“ and sampling the ocean’s DNA) has come up with what The New York Times describes as “a biological fax machine.” Huh? In brief, Venter wants to detect life […]