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Elizabeth Jacobs

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Susan Cain announces news to make introverts happySusan Cain announces news to make introverts happy

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Susan Cain is planning a Quiet Revolution. In her classic talk from TED2012, she spoke up for introverts, pointing out the many ways our culture encourages extroversion. “I wasn’t prepared for the intensity and voracity of response to these ideas,” Cain tells the TED Blog two years later. “There’s an enormous hunger for recognition, understanding and […]

News

TED2014 newsmakers: Ray Kurzweil on the year computers will surpass humans, Bill and Melinda Gates seek a better condom design, and much moreTED2014 newsmakers: Ray Kurzweil on the year computers will surpass humans, Bill and Melinda Gates seek a better condom design, and much more

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

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 […]

Q&A

BJ Novak on his short story, “The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for the Earth,” which pivots on a misunderstood TED TalkBJ Novak on his short story, “The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for the Earth,” which pivots on a misunderstood TED Talk

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

“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 […]

News

TED2014 newsmakers: Ben Saunders ends Antarctic trek, Jehane Noujaim releases documentary on NetflixTED2014 newsmakers: Ben Saunders ends Antarctic trek, Jehane Noujaim releases documentary on Netflix

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

With just over a month until TED2014, themed “The Next Chapter,” this year’s lineup of speakers has been busy making music, writing books and, oh, trekking across Antarctica. Check out speakers who’ve made the news in recent weeks: On Monday morning, Arctic explorer Ben Saunders completed his 1,795-mile, 105-day trek across Antarctica. This is Saunders’ third attempt […]

Since the Talk

Salman Khan’s TED Talk ignited the conversation about online education. Why he’s doubling down on the school of the futureSalman Khan’s TED Talk ignited the conversation about online education. Why he’s doubling down on the school of the future

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

When Salman Khan shared his vision for “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere” at TED2011, he turned the education world on its head. As he introduced Khan Academy — a virtual classroom that uses video lessons to create an individualized, self-paced learning experience — his alternative model fueled the nascent dialogue about online education. […]

TEDCity2.0

What to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni GriffinWhat to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni Griffin

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Everyone knows Detroit is in trouble. The list of problems assaulting the once-mighty Motor City is long and, from a look at national newspapers, incessantly documented. Most recently, the city filed for bankruptcy; its former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for public corruption. Since the booming 1950s, the city of Detroit […]

Q&A

Teen entrepreneur Avani Singh: “You can make a difference”Teen entrepreneur Avani Singh: “You can make a difference”

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

New Delhi’s streets are epic — trucks, cars, cows and, especially, bicycle rickshaws, three-wheeled carriers that can zip through traffic, pedaled by a very, very hard-working driver. Growing up in New Delhi, Avani Singh passed them every day on her way to school. And her route also passed the city’s slums. In this city of […]

Q&A

Sally Kohn talks leaving Fox NewsSally Kohn talks leaving Fox News

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

In today’s talk, pundit Sally Kohn shares what it’s like to be progressive, gay and … working for Fox News. The key: emotional correctness, when people look past their political differences and try to understand what the other is thinking on a human level. It’s a vision so powerful that her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, […]

Culture

What it’s like to grow old, in different parts of the worldWhat it’s like to grow old, in different parts of the world

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

The world’s population is getting older. Across the globe, people are living longer thanks to improvements in healthcare, nutrition and technology. This population shift brings with it incredible possibilities, but also a new set of challenges. How do we care for our elderly? In today’s talk, Jared Diamond examines the vast differences in how societies […]

Technology

15 years of drones at TED, in five GIFs15 years of drones at TED, in five GIFs

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

In 1998, aircraft designer Paul MacCready gave a live demo of his two-ounce unmanned surveillance drone on the TED stage in Monterey. “You see what it sees. Imagine you’re a fly,” he told the assembled audience, who watched the drone’s footage projected onto the screen in front of them. (The moment is captured in the […]

Since the Talk

Robin Chase’s new ideas? The Zipcar founder on how drivers could generate wifi and why we need more sharing platformsRobin Chase’s new ideas? The Zipcar founder on how drivers could generate wifi and why we need more sharing platforms

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Is sharing the solution to our global challenges? Twice, Robin Chase has stood on the TED stage and offered powerful visions for a green, and shared, transportation future. At TED2007, the Zipcar founder suggested that car sharing could be the solution to global warming, while also helping drivers without cars. She also posited an even […]

Culture

Some very scary TED-Ed charactersSome very scary TED-Ed characters

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

TED-Ed lessons are for kids, teenagers and, well, anyone with a passion for learning. And yet, sometimes these animated lessons get downright scary. Here, a collection of terrifying creatures from TED-Ed lessons—in gif form, naturally—to help you get in the Halloween spirit. From the lesson: Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns) From the lesson: Diagnosing a […]

News

GPS, lithium batteries, the internet, cellular technology, airbags: A Q&A about how governments often fuel innovationGPS, lithium batteries, the internet, cellular technology, airbags: A Q&A about how governments often fuel innovation

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Should the government act like a venture capitalist? It might seem crazy to some, but in today’s eye-opening talk, economist Mariana Mazzucato shows why it might just work — and how it has, in fact, been working for decades. In this talk, Mazzucato flips the script on the image of a big government meddling in […]