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In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

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So what went down at TED on day two? Well, a lot, as it happens. As curator Chris Anderson commented rather tiredly later, “that was the most intense day of TED I can remember, ever.” Here, a lightning round-up of some of the day’s key moments. Edward Snowden trundles onto stage The first big surprise []

Wish: The speakers in session 4 of TED2014

Wish: The speakers in session 4 of TED2014

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What powers the journey to a better future? Some really big wishes, and even bigger ideas. Our speakers in this session all have the tenacity, hope and relentless optimism necessary to believe that we can make progress in solving some of the most intractable problems of our time. Here are the speakers who appeared in []

Innovating to zero! Bill Gates on TED.com

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At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 27:49) Watch Bill []

How I caught the mosquito

How I caught the mosquito

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We had two great editorial photographers at TED2009 in Long Beach — the brilliant Asa Mathat and James Duncan Davidson. As luck would have it, Duncan was the shooter who happened to be in the right place to catch Bill Gates’ now-famous mosquito release. Read how Duncan got the shot. In the enlargement above, it’s []

Overnight: TED fan art

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A few pieces of art cropped up last night after TED2009 Day 2. First, the TED Red Balloon: (If you’ve seen the balloon, write to chris.lost.balloon@ted.com.) … and the Bill Gates Flash game — find it at feverbeater.com, and then take the site’s advice to visit gatesfoundation.org to find out how you can help beat []

How I'm going to change the world now: Bill Gates on TED.com

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Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (Recorded February 2008 in Long Beach, California. Duration: 20:17.) Watch Bill Gates’ talk on TED.com, where []

TED2009 minutes from Ethan Zuckerman: On Bill Gates

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Ethan Zuckerman is liveblogging TED2009. Here’s a snippet from his recent musings: “It’s hard to introduce Bill Gates, I suspect. Chris Anderson, our host, explains that Gates hasn’t been at TED since 1992, when he wasn’t very warmly received by the Silicon Valley community. He’s not talking technology today, despite the fact that he’s in []

Twitter Snapshot: Bill Gates — an optimist and a comedian?

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We certainly saw a peak of activity on Twitter as Bill Gates gave his TED2009 presentation. There were two main impressions of the talk, both not typical of the technological giant’s image. People came away deeply inspired and amused. Take a look: Gates is such an inspiring change agent. I wish that more people in []