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How Popcorn Maker adds a new layer of information to a TEDTalk

Posted By Emily McManus

This morning, we’re thrilled to present a TEDTalk as you have never seen a TEDTalk before — with a clickable layer of information that anyone can add to, edit or remix. Working on Beau Lotto and Amy O’Toole’s new TEDTalk, the team at Mozilla used their new web-based video editing / annotating tool, Popcorn Maker. […]


9 talks by impressive kids9 talks by impressive kids

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Few scientific papers are written in crayon and begin with the words, “Once upon a time.” But then again, few scientific papers are written by a group of 8 to 10-year-olds. In this adorable talk from TEDGlobal, neuroscientist, artist and educator Beau Lotto shares why he thinks children have an edge when it comes to […]


Q&A with Beau Lotto: On seeing yourself see

Posted By Matthew Trost

Neuroscientist and artist Beau Lotto joined the TED Blog for a short Q&A after his 2009 talk from TEDGlobal. He covered some of the fascinating, perception-bending projects he wasn’t able to cover in his talk — an iPhone game that substitutes sound for sight; a new way for composers to experience their music synesthetically — […]


Optical illusions show how we see: Beau Lotto on TED.com

Posted By Matthew Trost

Beau Lotto‘s color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can’t normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what’s really out there. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: 16:31) Twitter URL: http://on.ted.com/3m Watch […]


Beau Lotto at TEDGlobal 2009: Running notes from Session 5

Posted By Matthew Trost

Unedited running notes from TEDGlobal 2009. Beau Lotto began with a simple game for the audience, based on an illusion. He showed two panels covered with large dots of a variety of colors. The backgrounds of the two panels were white and black, respectively. He then surveyed the audience to find which dots across the […]


Twitter Snapshot: Beau Lotto's optical insights

Posted By TED Guest Author

Session 5 started in a very pronounced way with neuroscientist and artist Beau Lotto‘s colorful talk which featured interactive optical illusions and software that can turn drawings into music. Here’s what people on Twitter took away from his talk: There is no inherent meaning in information, it’s what we do w/ info that matters (Beau […]