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Constructing kinetic worlds: the futuristic films of TED Fellow Kibwe TavaresConstructing kinetic worlds: the futuristic films of TED Fellow Kibwe Tavares

Posted By Karen Eng

Kibwe Tavares combines his training as an architect with his love of storytelling and animation to create futuristic 3D animated/live action films with social and political depth, creating incredibly detailed, vivid, and kinetic visual environments to entice audiences. His short film, Robots of Brixton, distributed on the internet, won a special jury prize at Sundance. And his […]

Technology

TED Fellow Jon Gosier wins Knight News Challenge Mobile grantTED Fellow Jon Gosier wins Knight News Challenge Mobile grant

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Congratulations is in order for TED Fellow Jon Gosier. His mobile app, Abayima, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, which funds innovative projects designed to get information to all corners of the globe. While smartphones may be the norm in the West, most mobile phone users in the world — […]

Culture

TED Fellow elected to U.S. House of Representatives

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

You can start referring to TED Fellow Kyrsten Sinema as Congresswoman. In a race that took nearly a week to call, Sinema has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Arizona’s 9th congressional district, which wraps around Phoenix. Though the race remained close through midday Monday, Sinema — a Democrat — was declared […]

Health

The Rare Disease Challenge: A $400K contest for researchThe Rare Disease Challenge: A $400K contest for research

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

In July, TED Fellow Jimmy Lin and his team discovered a gene mutation that might explain 4-year-old Maya Nieder’s rare developmental disease. After years of frustrating doctors and specialists’ visits, Maya’s family may be close to an answer, thanks to Lin’s brainchild — the Rare Genomics Institute. Lin began RGI as place for patients with rare […]

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The proud, the few: the 2013 TED FellowsThe proud, the few: the 2013 TED Fellows

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

TED2013’s tagline is: “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” And this year’s class of TED Fellows will be representing all three. The TED Fellows program brings together young innovators from around the globe, all with insightful, bold ideas that have the potential to influence our world. In addition to attending TED2013, the Fellows will go […]

Art

Circus in the Sky: Fellows Friday with Usman Riaz

Posted By Karen Eng

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist and filmmaker Usman Riaz started recording his debut album, Circus in the Sky, at 18, shaking up the music scene in Pakistan. Then he rocked the TEDGlobal 2012 stage with a world-class performance on percussive guitar, alongside his hero, Preston Reed. Now he’s poised to make a global ruckus. You’ve accomplished a […]

Art

Flesh-eating mushrooms: Fellows Friday with Jae Rhim LeeFlesh-eating mushrooms: Fellows Friday with Jae Rhim Lee

Posted By Karen Eng

Artist Jae Rhim Lee (watch her TED Talk) is asking us to rethink our relationship with death and the planet — with the help of flesh-eating mushrooms, she’s making human decomposition clean and green. You’re an artist and designer primarily concerned with how our bodies interact with the world. I’m concerned with finding alternatives that […]

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Fellows Friday with Monika Bulaj

Posted By Alana Herro

Monika Bulaj’s stunning, painting-like photographs blur religious and cultural divisions, exploding stereotypes. In your photography and writing, one of your main themes is to explore the “borders of monotheism.” What does that mean? I often focus on Judaism, Christianity (mainly Eastern Christianity) and Islam, to explore areas where the sacred crosses borders. I show the […]

Art

Different ways of experiencing: Q&A with Aparna Rao

Posted By Jenny Zurawell

“The Uncle Phone” by Pors & Rao. Photo by Jorge Martín Muñoz. At TEDGlobal 2011, Aparna Rao showed a glimpse of the high-tech, often humorous art she creates with collaborator Søren Pors. We followed up with the TED Fellow to talk about her artistic approach and projects in progress. You use some pretty sophisticated technology […]

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Being physical in the digital world: Fellows Friday with James Patten

Posted By Alana Herro

James Patten creates physical interfaces for technology — producing rich, captivating experiences for the user. Your studio explores new ways physical objects relate to digital information. Why is that mission important to you? The way the human body and human mind are set up, we’re incredibly good at using physical objects and interacting with them. […]

Art

High-tech art (with a sense of humor): Aparna Rao on TED.com

Posted By Jenny Zurawell

Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations — a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen — that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and […]

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Fellows Friday with Lars Jan

Posted By Alana Herro

Lars Jan creates stunning multimedia performances that probe the ubiquity of screens and propaganda in our culture. Join the conversation by answering Fellows’ weekly questions via TED Conversations. This week, Lars asks: How can creatives use new technologies to increase empathy across cultural and geographic distances? Respond here! Rumor has it your (not yet posted) […]

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Fellows Friday with Kaustuv De Biswas

Posted By Alana Herro

Kaustuv De Biswas knows that diverse perspectives create better designs, so he passionately creates collaborative platforms for all. Join the conversation by answering Fellows’ weekly questions via TED Conversations. This week, Kaustuv asks: Despite the controversy over patents, what is a progressive take on authorship in the collaborative world? Respond here! In your TEDtalk, you […]

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Meet the TED2012 Fellows!

Posted By Tedstaff

Today, TED is thrilled to announce the 25 new members of 2012′s TED Fellows class and 12 new Senior Fellows. A Lebanese open-source hardware inventor, a French computational architect and the founder of Skillshare.com are among 25 members of 2012′s class of new TED Fellows. Twelve new Senior Fellows from seven countries, selected for two […]