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Creativity and computers in math: Q&A with Conrad Wolfram

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In his talk at TEDGlobal 2010, Conrad Wolfram championed a radical new way of teaching mathematics: removing the notion that math is the same as calculating, and completely redesigning the curriculum around the new possibilities opened by computers. He’s now launched a website to collect ideas, and in November he will be hosting The Computer []

Remembering Omar Ahmad

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TED speaker Omar Ahmad died this morning of a heart attack in San Carlos, California, where he was the Mayor. A Mayor with a very open line to his constituents. In December 2009, when he pitched us what would become his short talk for TED University at TED2010, his suggested title was: “How to effectively []

A Taste of TED in 2010

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In this reel, TED recaps an amazing year of talks from three conferences, a bunch of smaller TED events — and a powerful year of TEDx. Dive in, and then follow up with talks that intrigue you … You’ll see, in order of appearance: The LXD, Chris Anderson and Julian Assange, Bill Gates, Chip Conley, []

Phil Zimbardo and the Heroic Imagination Project: TED Blog exclusive video

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Philip Zimbardo (watch his other TEDTalks) introduces the Heroic Imagination Project at TED University 2010. Zimbardo, whose work has studied the depths of human evildoing and the heights of heroism, is passionate about inspiring people to take heroic action. Learn how to practice everyday heroism. Learn more about the Heroic Imagination Project >>

A one-man orchestra of the imagination: Andrew Bird on TED.com

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Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, California. Duration: 19:20) Watch Andrew Bird’s performance on TED.com where you can download it, rate []

In the OTP's first year: The translators at TEDActive

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Every year, TED is simulcast to an intimate gathering of doers and thinkers in Palm Springs called TEDActive. Here, attendees watch the all the talks from the TED mainstage as they happen and attend workshops, activities and social events driven by their needs. This year, several of TED’s most prolific translators became an integral part []

Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks): Sebastian Wernicke on TED.com

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In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating “the optimum TEDTalk” based on user ratings. How do you rate it? “Jaw-dropping”? “Unconvincing”? Or just plain “Funny”? (Recorded at TEDActive 2010, February 2010 in Palm Springs, CA. Duration: 5:59) Watch Sebastian []

How to combat modern slavery: Kevin Bales on TED.com

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In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research — and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in []

Q&A with Chef Dan Barber: Can organic farming feed the world?

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At TED2010, Chef Dan Barber drew a standing ovation with his unlikely love story about fish: sustainably farmed, outrageously delicious fish, which offers a model for the future of food production. A key figure in the farm-to-table movement, Dan occupies an unusual space as chef-scholar: His op/eds appear regularly in The New York Times and []

Suspended animation is within our grasp: Mark Roth on TED.com

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Mark Roth studies suspended animation: the art of shutting down life processes and then starting them up again. It’s wild stuff, but it’s not science fiction. Induced by careful use of an otherwise toxic gas, suspended animation can potentially help trauma and heart attack victims survive long enough to be treated. (Recorded at TED2010, February []

Ozomatli: Hear the new single and see our exclusive photos

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The awesome LA band Ozomatli rocked TED’s Wednesday night block party in Long Beach last month — check out our exclusive photos from the street (and see many more photos here). You can stream Ozomatli’s new single, “It’s Only Paper,” from their upcoming album Fire Away (due out April 20). Spinner.com calls the single a []

Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

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Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of “Stop” and “Yield” — and asks drivers to be polite. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 4:27) Watch Gary Lauder’s []

Exclusive photos: The LXD in rehearsal

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This morning, we shared the LXD’s tremendous TED2010 performance with the world. But on the night before TED started, some of us on staff got a private preview, when we snuck away from our pre-TED prep to watch them practice for the first time on the TED stage. Photographer Duncan Davidson caught these intimate shots []

In the Internet age, dance evolves: The LXD on TED.com

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The LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) electrify the TED2010 stage with an emerging global street-dance culture, revved up by the Internet. In a preview of Jon Chu’s upcoming Web series, this astonishing troupe show off their superpowers. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 17:30) Watch The LXD’s performance on TED.com, []

Before Avatar … a curious boy: James Cameron on TED.com

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James Cameron‘s big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits “Aliens,” “The Terminator,” “Titanic” and “Avatar.” (Recorded at TED2010, February []