How does consciousness happen? Anil Seth speaks at TED2017

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How does consciousness happen? Anil Seth speaks at TED2017

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A year ago, for the third time in his life, cognitive scientist Anil Seth ceased to exist. He was having an operation, his brain filling with anesthetic, and he was feeling a sense of detachment, falling apart and coldness. And then he was back — drowsy and disoriented, but definitely there. “Anaesthesia is a modern []

Meet a 90-year-old space archaeologist: Sarah Parcak’s update on GlobalXplorer at TED2017

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Meet a 90-year-old space archaeologist: Sarah Parcak’s update on GlobalXplorer at TED2017

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A year ago, Sarah Parcak revealed her TED Prize wish: a citizen science platform for archaeology to let people around the world help find and protect ancient sites. Yesterday night, she returned to the TED stage to share what’s happened since. After a year of work with partners National Geographic and Digital Globe, GlobalXplorer launched in late []

Health, life and love: The talks of Session 4 of TED2017

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Health, life and love: The talks of Session 4 of TED2017

Session 4 of TED2017 kicked off with an interview with perhaps the greatest athlete of all time, Serena Williams, and closed with the potentially world-changing announcement of this year’s TED Prize wish from Raj Panjabi. In between, the session saw a surprise talk directly from the Vatican by His Holiness Pope Francis — the culmination of []

Found Sound Nation: Making music together at TED2017

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Found Sound Nation: Making music together at TED2017

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Our friends at Found Sound Nation made this great 3-minute video to show us what’s going on at TED2017 this week — a collaborative music-making experience. If you’re here, stop by, and if you’re watching online … check back in on Friday to hear what people created together. Credits: Found Sound Nation: Jeremy Thal Christopher []

The human response: The talks of Session 3 of TED2017

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The human response: The talks of Session 3 of TED2017

The world is changing faster than ever, bringing with it brand-new problems, while our most persistent troubles — like poverty and health — haven’t gone anywhere. One thing has become abundantly clear: our machines aren’t going to save us; people are. How do we respond to problems new and old with humanity and dignity? In the []

How we’ll face a fundamental threat to the market economy: Martin Ford at TED2017

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Two hundred years ago, the Luddites rebelled against weaving technology. In 1964, US President Lyndon B. Johnson received “The Triple Revolution” memo that laid out the threat of job displacement due to automation. We’ve been concerned about technology displacing humans for a long time, says futurist Martin Ford. And that’s had a strange effect on us. “Because of []

Our robotic overlords: The talks of Session 2 of TED2017

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Our robotic overlords: The talks of Session 2 of TED2017

Are machines going to save or destroy us? It’s a question we’ve been grappling with since we first put 1s and 0s together to create computer code. And it feels like we’re no closer to answering it; machines are growing smarter by the day, and while they’re taking us to places we’ve never imagined, we []