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What will sports look like in the future? How science + technology are changing the limits of the human body and the shape of competitionWhat will sports look like in the future? How science + technology are changing the limits of the human body and the shape of competition

Posted By Brooke Borel

If you’ve ever seen grainy old sports footage—for example, a boxing match from the late 1800s, a Princeton/Yale game from 1903, or Babe Ruth’s famous home run from 1932—you probably noticed something: how different the game looks, compared to its modern counterpart. The equipment looks too clunky, the uniforms impossibly baggy. Even the bodies of […]

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Questions you may have about Mary Lou Jepsen’s TED TalkQuestions you may have about Mary Lou Jepsen’s TED Talk

Posted By Tedstaff

Mary Lou Jepsen’s talk about the future of brain-reading devices was widely discussed at TED2013 and, after the conference, we received a few very specific technical and scientific questions from attendees who watched it live. Jepsen’s is the kind of talk that tests the limit of TED’s short-talk format — it’s full of technical information […]

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Everything you need to know about donating your voice: Why you should help The Human Voicebank InitiativeEverything you need to know about donating your voice: Why you should help The Human Voicebank Initiative

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Rupal Patel At TEDWomen, I introduced the audience to VocaliD — a project aimed at designing personalized synthetic voices so that people with severe speech impairments can use a voice that fits their body and personality. This is a project that I’ve been working on for several years, along with my students and my […]

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There’s more to the small Skybox satellite than meets the eye. Much, much moreThere’s more to the small Skybox satellite than meets the eye. Much, much more

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Jessie Scanlon In January 2011, Fred Villagomez, the head mechanical technician at a Mountain View-based satellite imaging startup, drove east, looping down and around the San Francisco Bay toward Fremont. His destination: an auto plant called NUMMI, a failed joint venture between General Motors and Toyota, whose assets were about to be auctioned off. […]

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

Posted By TED Guest Author

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 […]

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A very cool new video: A brief introduction to 4D printingA very cool new video: A brief introduction to 4D printing

Posted By Tedstaff

It’s not often that you see a designer throw their creation on the ground and break it to smithereens. But that’s exactly what TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits does in the video above. Why? Because he works in the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. When the pieces break apart, they quickly re-assemble themselves, as if the film […]

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Take a flying drone for a walkTake a flying drone for a walk

Posted By Helen Walters

“When I started working in this field, the word ‘drone’ wasn’t used at all!” Sergei Lupashin says a little plaintively. “We called them UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles, and they were clearly flying robots. Nowadays it’s all a bit more mixed up; you have to take extra steps to convince people that what you’re doing is […]

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A view from the unfriendly skies: How criminals are using dronesA view from the unfriendly skies: How criminals are using drones

Posted By TED Guest Author

Marc Goodman
 is the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Singularity University. At TEDGlobal in Edinburgh in 2012, Goodman shared a sobering look at the dark side of technology in his talk, “A vision of crimes in the future.” The TED Blog asked him to share his latest thinking on […]

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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 […]

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Drones, warfare, science fiction and cybercrime. A conversation with P.W. SingerDrones, warfare, science fiction and cybercrime. A conversation with P.W. Singer

Posted By TED Guest Author

PW Singer studies the future of warfare. A political scientist specializing in international relations, he’s the author of the bestselling Wired for War, which explores the evolution of robotics in armed conflict; Children at War, about the spreading use of child soldiers; and the forthcoming Cyber Security and Cyber War: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is a senior fellow […]

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The internet, the perfect tool for the surveillance state? Further reading (and watching) on the state of digital privacyThe internet, the perfect tool for the surveillance state? Further reading (and watching) on the state of digital privacy

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“We already knew this.” “It’s necessary for the War on Terror.” “Other countries are doing it too.” “But I have nothing to hide.” These are the most common reasons people express for not feeling outrage over the revelations this year that the United States’ National Security Agency has been involved in widespread surveillance. In today’s […]

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The future of facial recognition: 7 fascinating factsThe future of facial recognition: 7 fascinating facts

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Alessandro Acquisti thinks we are about to have an Adam and Eve moment, where all of a sudden we realize that we aren’t wearing any clothes. Up until now, we have — for the most part — willingly offered up our personal information online without thinking too much about it. But as Acquisti puts it […]