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How Star Trek will finally come true

Ideas

How Star Trek will finally come true

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by Nilofer Merchant In the next 30 years, the full Star Trek story will actually come true.  Already, we’ve seen many of the show’s far-fetched ideas come to fruition. Everyone now carries a communicator, aka the smart phone. We have medical devices that test for diseases with light, not by drawing blood (like new tests for anemia []

What it will mean to live on a legible planet

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What it will mean to live on a legible planet

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by Andrew Blau, Deloitte Technology advances over the last 30 years mean that we have crossed an invisible threshold: for the first time in human history, we now live on a legible planet. What will blow our minds in the next 30 years is what it will mean when almost anyone can read and understand the world []

How I fell in love with the drums

Music

How I fell in love with the drums

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By Clayton Cameron As a 5-year-old kid, I barely knew what the word rhythm meant. At least no one told me what banging on inanimate objects and creating my own little beats might be called. It was like rhythm chose me and I really had no say in the matter. My favorite elementary school pastime was tabletop []

An approach to global aid where all are treated as equals

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An approach to global aid where all are treated as equals

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By Lisa Katayama In a developed country where the dialogue around human rights is very charity-minded, it’s rare to find young people with visions of engaging rural farmers in developing countries as equals. That’s why Tokyo native Doga Makiura stands out. When Doga was 13, he left his home in Japan and enrolled himself in []

Seth Godin: Why I want you to steal my ideas

Ideas

Seth Godin: Why I want you to steal my ideas

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By Seth Godin Please don’t steal my car. If you drive away with it, I won’t have it any more, which is a real hassle. Please don’t steal my identity or my reputation either. Neither travels well, and all the time you’re using it, you’re degrading something that belongs to me. But my ideas? Sure, []

P.W. Singer answers a key question on cybersecurity: How can I protect myself  — and the whole Internet?

Technology

P.W. Singer answers a key question on cybersecurity: How can I protect myself — and the whole Internet?

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At TED2009, military analyst P.W. Singer spoke about how drones are changing warfare. It was fascinating — and sobering. This month, Singer directs our attention to a different way technology can intersect with malice in his new book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, co-authored by Allan Friedman. Below, an excerpt that asks: What can we do []

From Lebanon to the world: Why today’s talk on the beauty of Arabic is so important right now

Culture

From Lebanon to the world: Why today’s talk on the beauty of Arabic is so important right now

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By the organizers of TEDxBeirut Archaeologists believe that Phoenician traders, who set out from the shores of Lebanon, spread their alphabet across the ancient Mediterranean world, unleashing a chain reaction that they couldn’t have conceived of even in their wildest dreams. Today, we are honored to spread that word again as Suzanne Talhouk’s talk from []

The first School in the Cloud opens in the UK

Education

The first School in the Cloud opens in the UK

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By Sarah Schoengold Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud. Located inside George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, England, this one-room learning lab is a space where students can embark on their own learning adventures, exploring whatever questions most intrigue them. Students even designed the interior of the []