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What is the TED Prize (and how can you win next year’s)?What is the TED Prize (and how can you win next year’s)?

Posted By Natasha Scripture

What do a British chef, a Newcastle University professor and an anti-corruption activist have in common? They’re all winners of the TED Prize – a cash award, currently for $1,000,000, given annually to a forward-thinking individual with a fresh, bold vision for sparking global change to make the world a better place. The Prize begins with […]

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Yes, that’s Commander Chris Hadfield wearing the Oculus Rift. (And yes, the Internet just exploded.)Yes, that’s Commander Chris Hadfield wearing the Oculus Rift. (And yes, the Internet just exploded.)

Posted By Helen Walters

Oculus VR may have won the headlines today by, you know, being acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. But last week it won the hearts and minds of the TED crowd. First, former NFL punter Chris Kluwe showed footage of a guy wearing an Oculus Rift headset and riding a virtual rollercoaster (video shown, bottom — jump to the […]

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What will blow our minds in the *next* 30 years?What will blow our minds in the *next* 30 years?

Posted By Helen Walters

Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an idiot. Nonetheless, many speakers at the annual TED conference have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like. The video above takes a […]

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The future is coming. 6 ways it will change everythingThe future is coming. 6 ways it will change everything

Posted By TED Guest Author

by Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Google How will our minds be blown in the next 30 years? Well, that’s quite a long time, given the acceleration in history. Still, I’ll be brave and make six hypotheses. 1. Machine Intelligence I think that just as the Internet has been such a great driver of change across […]

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What will be the most important driver of change in the future?What will be the most important driver of change in the future?

Posted By Tedstaff

One of the installations at TED this year challenged attendees to vote on ten potential drivers of change in the next 30 years. The crowd had their say via that enormously sophisticated piece of technology, the sticky note. As we could likely have predicted, there wasn’t much consensus among those in Vancouver, but the range […]

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How Star Trek will finally come trueHow Star Trek will finally come true

Posted By TED Guest Author

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 […]

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What it will mean to live on a legible planetWhat it will mean to live on a legible planet

Posted By TED Guest Author

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 […]

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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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Forge meaning, build identity: Andrew Solomon at TED2014Forge meaning, build identity: Andrew Solomon at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

The extraordinary and eloquent Andrew Solomon closes TED2014 with a talk that brought the theater to its feet. Popular wisdom, begins Solomon, is that we find meaning, that it is an external truth to seek. But after a lifetime as a student of adversity, he has found that meaning, in fact, is forged. Solomon recalls […]

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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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The top 10 words of TED2014, according to Erin McKeanThe top 10 words of TED2014, according to Erin McKean

Posted By Emily McManus

A surprise superquick talk from wordnik Erin McKean, who reads from her magic notebook the top 10 words of this TED. The full list follows; here are four highlights: tokamak, a doughnut-shaped fusion reactor whose name comes from a transliteration of the Russian токамак. rockism, which Mark Ronson describes as “like racism, but for rock music.” […]

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Disrupting higher education: Shai Reshef at TED2014Disrupting higher education: Shai Reshef at TED2014

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Shai Reshef believes higher education is a right, not a privilege. In January 2009, he founded University of the People, a nonprofit, tuition-free, online university dedicated to opening up higher education to anyone in the world with a high school diploma and a willingness to learn — “regardless of who they are, where they live […]

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Onward: Speakers in Session 12 at TED2014Onward: Speakers in Session 12 at TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

As we celebrate the last three decades of ideas at TED, we’re looking ahead and asking ourselves: what’s next? Each of the speakers in this session looks boldly toward the future, from a media visionary to an entrepreneur reimagining education to two powerful talks on overcoming a difficult past. Here are the speakers who appeared […]