In Case You Missed It: 6 takeaways from the second day of TED2016

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In Case You Missed It: 6 takeaways from the second day of TED2016

The second day of TED2016 brought wisdom for within and discoveries from without. Below, highlights for you following at home. Procrastination works … for some. Session 4 speakers Tim Urban and Adam Grant take two positions on procrastination: The former thinks it can be a huge, crippling problem; the latter realized his “pre-crastination” was getting []

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence: Tabetha Boyajian at TED2016

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Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence: Tabetha Boyajian at TED2016

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Exploring space generates tons of data — so much data that most of it is studied using algorithms, not human eyes. But algorithms are not very good at being creative. What happens when we let humans look at data? Sometimes, even amateurs find things that are surprising, remarkable and weird. Astronomer Tabetha Boyajian came to TED2016 with a story about one of those weird things. The story []

It’s time we inverted the pyramids: Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak invites the world into her work

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Sarah Parcak is a space archaeologist, and has located multiple lost ancient cities. Still, she says, it’s easy to pick her greatest discovery: her husband, Greg Mumford, who she met on her very first dig in Egypt. He was her first lesson in “finding unexpected wonderful things,” she says, and a second lesson followed quickly. On that []

‘An impish sage’: Remembering Marvin Minsky onstage at TED2016

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Onstage at TED this evening, Danny Hillis spoke a few words to remember his friend, the artificial intelligence researcher, cognitive scientist and longtime TEDster Marvin Minsky, who died in late January of this year. As Hillis looked out into the audience, he wondered “how many of you he challenged or irritated or made laugh…” Once Minsky’s student, Hillis recalled: []

Imagination. Invention. Ingenuity: Inspiring talks in Session 3 of TED2016

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Imagination. Invention. Ingenuity: Inspiring talks in Session 3 of TED2016

Session 3 of TED2016 examines the ‘i’ words: Imagination. Invention. Ingenuity. Hosted by TED Fellows Jedidah Isler and José Gómez-Márquez, this session is all about speakers who’ve taken the spark of inspiration and put it into action. Recaps of the talks in Session 3, in chronological order. A new way of “seeing.” Early in her career as []