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The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED2014The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Ray Kurzweil returns to the TED stage to explain his new (kind of old) theory of the mind. He first wrote his theory as a paper 50 years ago, but today there’s a plethora of new evidence to support it. First, a refresher on the story of the neocortex, which means “new rind.” Two hundred […]

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How parasites turn our thinking sideways: Ed Yong at TED2014How parasites turn our thinking sideways: Ed Yong at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

Ed Yong begins by showing us beautiful images of animals gathering in large groups. And the reasons for them are fascinating and many. But Yong, an award-winning science writer, points out that most explanations “make an assumption about animal behavior — that they are in charge of their actions.” But many animals gather in groups, […]

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What’s making athletes faster, better, stronger: David Epstein at TED2014What’s making athletes faster, better, stronger: David Epstein at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or, in English, “Faster, higher, stronger.” And as sports science reporter David Epstein points out from the TED2014 stage, “Athletes have fulfilled that motto — and they’ve done so rapidly.” Epstein investigates why it is that, year upon year, runners, swimmers, gymnasts, basketball players and so many others […]

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In search for lost pants: Maira Kalman at TED2014In search for lost pants: Maira Kalman at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

In the middle of a tense morning session – you know, just waiting for NSA deputy director Rick Ledgett to come online, ain’t no thing — illustrator Maira Kalman comes up to tell a lovely family tale about music and pants. In 1932 when Kalman’s family left their village in Belarus (“you can say they […]

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Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014

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Techno-illusionist and veteran speaker Marco Tempest returns to the TED stage with a new friend: EDI (pronounced “Eddie”) the robot. EDI, which stands for Electronic Deceptive Intelligence, is Tempest’s latest techno-aide, a friendly Baxter robot who ponders the difference between artificial and human intelligence. “Robot,” the newly awakened EDI interrupts, was coined in 1921 in […]

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Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED2014Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED2014

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What does a hacked future look like? What will our bodies — and minds — be capable as bioengineering becomes more and more ubiquitous? In Session 8 of TED2014, speakers take on the hacked world of tomorrow. Here are the speakers who appeared in this session. Click below to read a full recap of each […]

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The TED Prize wish: What you can do to end anonymous companiesThe TED Prize wish: What you can do to end anonymous companies

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By Natasha Scripture Anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch stood up on stage at TED2014 tonight and revealed her TED Prize wish: to get rid of anonymous companies once and for all by making who owns and controls them public knowledge. As head of Global Witness, a UK-based non-profit that has been campaigning for transparency for the […]

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In case you missed it: Day 3 at TED2014In case you missed it: Day 3 at TED2014

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Day 3 at TED2014 was dense with science, design, conversation. Here’s a quick recap of some highlights: Hugh Herr and Adrianne Haslet-Davis’s surprise dance Hugh Herr is a bionics designer and multiple amputee. He gave a talk that was half mind-blowing — full of extraordinary advances in prosthetics, like bionic designs that produce the same forces […]

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The small coincidences in life: Helder Guimarães’s fascinating magic at TED2014The small coincidences in life: Helder Guimarães’s fascinating magic at TED2014

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Magician Helder Guimarães starts his performance at TED2014 by telling the crowd Sturgeon’s law: “90% of everything is crap.” Still, he says, “Sturgeon may be correct, but he doesn’t have to be correct forever.” And that is a philosophy he brings to his very narrative magic — wowing the crowd with card tricks that tell […]

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The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

Allan Adams “became a physicist to understand how the world works at its most fundamental level.” Adams, a professor of theoretical physics at MIT, points out that the things we’ve learned so far are pretty incredible: We know the universe began just 13.8 billion years ago, and have a pretty good idea how it’s going […]

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What we know about autism: Wendy Chung at TED2014What we know about autism: Wendy Chung at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Wendy Chung of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative says that she is constantly asked the same question by parents: “Why does my child have autism?” It’s a question that plagues them whether their child has a severe form of autism, to the point of being non-verbal, or a mild one. “Autism isn’t a single condition. It’s […]

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Why does the world exist? An epic poem by Jim Holt at TED2014Why does the world exist? An epic poem by Jim Holt at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Philosopher and writer Jim Holt skips right past the dumb quibbling questions and right to the heart of the great existential mystery: Why something, instead of nothing? Why does the universe exist? And why are we in it? The super-ultimate why question. The greatest thinkers have obsessed over the question of existence: Wittgenstein said it’s […]

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No really, why? Jason Webley at TED2014No really, why? Jason Webley at TED2014

Posted By Helen Walters

Armed with an accordion and wearing a fetching chocolate brown pork pie hat, musician Jason Webley is here. Or as he puts it, an “unknown hairy guy who plays the accordion” is here. Having navigated some technical difficulties, Webley brings the audience firmly on side with his self-deprecating humor and folksy blend of charming cod philosophy. With […]