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In case you missed it: Day 5 of TED2014In case you missed it: Day 5 of TED2014

Posted By Nadia Goodman

This year’s packed conference came to a close on March 21, 2014: Day 5 at TED2014. Here are some highlights from this Friday: Mark Ronson ruled the dance floor On Thursday night, Mark Ronson DJ’d for TEDsters. Bent over the mixing board under a neon green TED sign, he tied all the music back to […]

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As told to Aunt Bonnie: Julia Sweeney wraps up TED2014As told to Aunt Bonnie: Julia Sweeney wraps up TED2014

Posted By Emily McManus

In a naked grab for the new TED/XPRIZE, Julia Sweeney has spent the last day and a half building an AI. It rolls onstage to give a convincing simulacrum of a TED Talk — until Sweeney herself runs out from backstage to chastise the rogue intelligence. She’s actually here to wrap up TED2014, in her […]

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Why I wear the burka: Masarat Daud at TED2014Why I wear the burka: Masarat Daud at TED2014

Posted By Emily McManus

Masarat Daud wears the burka — but she didn’t always. As a younger woman at university in Dubai, she thought: “People would think I was so religious, no one would want to be friends with me!” She wore western clothes, to the amusement of her parents. But her mother began suggesting she wear the burka, […]

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Faster football, greater empathy — it’s time for AR: Chris Kluwe at TED2014Faster football, greater empathy — it’s time for AR: Chris Kluwe at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

What does augmented reality—and football—have to do with empathy? A lot, says Chris Kluwe, former NFL punter and author of the book Beautifully Unique Sparkle Ponies. “Augmented reality is not science fiction,” he says.”Augmented reality will happen in our lifetime. And it will change our lives as much as the Internet.” Kluwe is wearing the first […]

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Will Shortz: Why I said yes to a crossword magic trick live at TEDWill Shortz: Why I said yes to a crossword magic trick live at TED

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Today on stage at TED2014 magician and puzzler David Kwong blew minds when he pulled an audience member onstage, asked her to color in a few animals, and then revealed he was so sure he could predict her behavior that he had her choices written into the day’s New York Times crossword. Hm: What’s a […]

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In case you missed it: Day 1 of TED2014In case you missed it: Day 1 of TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“The Next Chapter” is already fascinating — full of great characters, plot twists and, hopefully, it’s all leading toward a happy ending. Today, we kicked off TED2014 — our 30th-anniversary conference — which will chew on this theme, offering intriguing ideas on where we are going next. So what happened in day one? Below, some highlights. […]

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TED News in Brief: Diana Nyad on “Dancing with the Stars,” Mikko Hyponnen boycotts the RSA security conference, and moreTED News in Brief: Diana Nyad on “Dancing with the Stars,” Mikko Hyponnen boycotts the RSA security conference, and more

Posted By Tedstaff

While we’ve been preparing for next week’s TED conference in Vancouver, BC, some TEDsters have been busy Dancing with the Stars, protesting the NSA and musing on the aftermath of speaking at TED. Here are some illustrious activities from around the TED world this week: Nilofer Merchant (watch her TED Talk) admits that she had […]

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Ads Worth Spreading: 10 great ads from 2014 that communicate ideasAds Worth Spreading: 10 great ads from 2014 that communicate ideas

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Today’s viewing audiences are far too sophisticated for advertisements full of fake doctors, the word “sale” flashing on repeat, and tight clothing on attractive models. Today, we want ads to actually speak to us—to connect to our hopes and dreams, to flip our thinking in unexpected ways and to reflect the world we’d like to […]

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Just added to the TED2014 lineup…Just added to the TED2014 lineup…

Posted By Tedstaff

TED2014 begins in five short days, and we have added even more new speakers to look forward to. Below, a bit about each one: Cellist and beatboxer Kevin Olusola from Pentatonix (swoon!) will open Session 1: The Next Chapter. And as a bonus in Session 1, we’ll be honoring TED’s co-founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In […]

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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 […]

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Apply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal FellowApply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow

Posted By Morton Bast

Last week on TED.com, origami-folding techniques transformed a 50-cent piece of paper into a fully functioning microscope, human DNA came tumbling out of a vending machine, and we got a look at how an industry is growing to help governments conduct surveillance on citizens. These fascinating talks have something neat in common: The speakers are […]

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X Marks the Spot: Painted people in Washington, morality pills in Spain, and shark repellent wetsuits in AustraliaX Marks the Spot: Painted people in Washington, morality pills in Spain, and shark repellent wetsuits in Australia

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

What would happen if artists Art Wolfe and Liu Bolin stepped into the same room? It’s possible that the space around them would melt into paint. While Wolfe is best known for his documentary photography, charting locations from Madagascar to New Zealand, for his latest series — called The Human Canvas Project — Wolfe painted […]

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TED News in Brief: Olafur Eliasson puts sunshine in your pocket, Thomas Dolby launching a center for technology + artsTED News in Brief: Olafur Eliasson puts sunshine in your pocket, Thomas Dolby launching a center for technology + arts

Posted By Tedstaff

This week, so much TED-related news hit the transom. Below, some of the highlights. Artist Olafur Eliasson (watch his TED Talk) muses on his latest work — “Little Sun,” a miniature solar-powered lamp that puts five hours of sunlight in your pocket — in this awesome video from our friends at The Creators Project. The […]