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Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

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Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

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By Winston Chen Odysseus…Gauguin…Robinson Crusoe…and me? Many people dream of the ultimate escape: throwing all the baggage of civilization away and taking off to live on a remote island. But few people—particularly professional couples with young kids—actually go through with it. And yet, that’s just what my family did: we left Boston, and my reliable []

How Star Trek will finally come true

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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

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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 []

1984 vs. 2014: A comedic showdown

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1984 vs. 2014: A comedic showdown

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By Maysoon Zayid This year TED says goodbye to its roaring twenties and hello to the big 3-O. To celebrate TED’s thirtieth birthday, I’m hopping in my DeLorean to take a look back in time. Has the world become a better place since we were introduced to the Sony Compact Disc at the first TED []

An update on my non-profit credit rating agency, which could revolutionize how economies are graded

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An update on my non-profit credit rating agency, which could revolutionize how economies are graded

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By Annette Heuser Eight months after my talk at TEDGlobal 2013, much progress has been made on the International Non-profit Credit Rating Agency (INCRA) concept. The progress, however, has not been in the credit rating agency world itself, which is slow to change, despite strong criticism from political officials and, occasionally, the media. You may []