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TED News in Brief: A ruling on NSA phone surveillance, a beautiful essay from Rose George, and more

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Mikko Hypponen speaks at TEDxBrussels over his outrage at the NSA. Now, a US federal judge has given the first ruling against the agency.

Mikko Hypponen speaks at TEDxBrussels over his outrage at the NSA. This week, a US federal judge has given the first ruling against the agency.

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 gave the talk “Your phone company is watching”), take note.

Rose George (watch her TED Talk) wrote a heartbreaking account of her father’s diagnosis with dementia — and the British healthcare system’s inability to deal with him. Bring tissues.

A big problem in math and science education, according to this interview with Freeman Hrabowski (watch his TED Talk): “We have a way of looking at kids when they don’t seem excited about the work, or when they seem bored, or it’s taking too long to solve a problem, and the look says this: ‘I’ll help you this year, but this is not really for you.’” Check out his thoughts on how to keep students engaged in these topics, even when the going gets tough.

TEDster Peter Gabriel (watch his talk, and check out his playlist) will be initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May, along with Hall & Oates, Kiss and Nirvana, according to the AP. Gabriel’s previous band, Genesis, was inducted in 2010.

Kevin Kelly has a new book out, and with it a Q&A in The New York Times. He describes Cool Tools as “a print blog, about the greatest tools on earth.” (See any of his three TED Talks.)

TED fans and critics alike are reading David Brooks’ latest column, “The Thought Leader,” looking deeply within themselves, and sighing. And of course, you can watch his TED Talk.

Meanwhile, a thoughtful critique of the popularization of ideas was given at TEDxSanDiego by a thought leader, Benjamin H. Bratton. Admittedly you need to get past his strawman idea of what “TED” is to read it, but he does raise a few good points about this form we love. We read this with interest, even if we very much disagree with his premise that ideas produce “little actual change.”

Why do we need to document and record all of our experiences? In The New York Times, Sherry Turkle (watch her TED Talk) shares new thinking on the effects of mobile technology on how we think and act.

Nathan Myhrvold (watch his TED Talk) is waving a flag about “serious errors and irregularities” in research on how quickly dinosaurs grew. Read about his objections.

All Things D takes a look at the work of Rupal Patel, who shared how she’s creating personalized voices to match a person’s age, gender and location at TEDWomen. (Read about her talk.)

And finally, Noreena Hertz (watch her TED Talk) has long been helping us make good decisions by not blindly listening to experts. Here, she talks on The Brian Lehrer Show about her new book, Eyes Wide Open.

Comments (3)

  • Ghost Gamer commented on Dec 18 2013

    Very interesting!

  • commented on Dec 18 2013

    NSA and JNLWD are partnering with Virginia State Police and local police implanting people with biochips. Read “A Note on Uberveillance” by M. G. and Katina Michael. it enables Uberveillance. “In its ultimate form, überveillance has to do with more than automatic identification technologies that we carry with us. It has to do with under-the-skin technology that is embedded in the body, such as microchip implants; it is that which cuts into the flesh – a charagma (mark). Think of it as Big Brother on the inside looking out.” Newport News Police and Virginia State Police had a doctor implant me w/o my knowledge and consent with a biochip. A U. S. Attorney for the NSA/DOJ pretended to be my attorney. It enables torture and thought monitoring. They use it as a sensor and pulse energy projectiles at you. I had a heart attack. It enables voice to skull communication. See LRAD white papers or audio spotlight by Holosonics. Law enforcement believes we will only be safe if they know where we are at all times, what we are doing and what we are thinking! See Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence by Springer page 9. See Mental Health and Terrorism by Amin Gadit. He states, “Of late, there are reports of a new and dreadful invention of weapons of violence that are called Bioelectromagnetic Weapons. According to the description by an Institute of Science in Society, these weapons operate at the speed of light, can kill, torture and enslave without making physical appearance. It further adds that voices and visions, daydreams and nightmares are the most astonishing manifestations of this weapon system, it is also capable of crippling the human subject by limiting his/her normal range of movement, causing acute pain the equivalent of major organ failure or even death and interferes with normal functions of human senses. It can cause difficulty with breathing and induce seizures besides damage to the tissues and organs. Through this form of terrorism, it is possible to persuade subjects that their mind is being read; their intellectual property is being plundered and can even motivate suicide or murder. Pulsed Energy projectiles (PEPs) are another form of weaponry that is used to paralyze a victim with pain. According to Peter Philips, a scientist from USA, circumstances may soon arrive in which anti-war or human right protestors suddenly feel a burning sensation akin to touching a hot skillet over their entire body. Simultaneously they may hear terrifying nauseating screaming, which while not produced externally, fills their brains with overwhelming disruption. This new invention is dreadful addition to the armamentarium of weapons of abuse and torture. Manifestations of the effects of these occult weapons can mimic mental ill health and add further to the misery of the victims.” See Bio Initiative Report 2012. See Forbes and search Brandon Raub. Law enforcement tases citizens into “excited delirium” (see at nij org) to make them act in ways they normally would not. I believe they are directly responsible for the Virginia Tech massacre. There are 3 reasons to have it implanted 1) mental health, 2) criminal record, and 3) infectious disease. If you don’t meet any of those requirements like me, they’ll falsify your records. All the mass shootings are the work of law enforcement. They want to take away your right to bear arms and make America a police state. People aren’t suddenly going crazy, they’re being tortured. I also believe the biochip to be responsible for PTSD. Read Brian Castner’s book “A Long Walk”. I have the same ambiguous pains, twitches, heart attack, night mares, day mares, gurgling, etc. I never served in the war. What do we have in common? The biochip. Suicide is one way to get relief. Virginia’s suicide rate is higher than the national average and the military suicide rate is unacceptable! You can check your upper right buttock, upper right shoulder. They are just under the skin. I have been in excruciating pain for six years due to corruption in Virginia.

  • commented on Dec 17 2013

    Reblogged this on Curiosidades na internet.