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Further reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it meansFurther reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it means

Posted By Alex Gallafent

In today’s talk, Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo describes how China’s growing presence in Africa is challenging a centuries-old tenet of Western political thought.   For more than 200 years, Moyo argues, liberal democracy has ruled the roost. Particularly in the West, it’s long been considered the political system most likely to deliver economic success and […]

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My City: Why Shanghai is the ultimate hackerspaceMy City: Why Shanghai is the ultimate hackerspace

Posted By Alex Gallafent

In 2005, at the start of my first visit to Shanghai, the city clothed itself in a growling thunderstorm. When dusk fell and neon began to score the sky, the city was more Blade Runner-y than I thought a real place possible to be. I remember diving into a luxe spa for a post-train massage, […]

Gallery

Shanghai in pictures: entrepreneur David Li on the city as hackerspaceShanghai in pictures: entrepreneur David Li on the city as hackerspace

Posted By Alex Gallafent

David Li has lived in Shanghai since 2003, when the Taiwan-born consultant and entrepreneur moved to the city to take advantage of a place in which he felt like “everything was possible.” A decade later, he’s still relishing all that the city has to offer, from vast cultural spaces to XinCheJian, the small community hackerspace he […]

Global Issues

8 talks about China8 talks about China

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“When I was growing up, I was told a story that explained all I ever needed to know about humanity. It went like this,” says Eric X. Li in today’s provocative talk, given at TEDGlobal 2013. “All human societies develop in a linear progression, beginning with primitive society, than slave society, than feudalism, capitalism, socialism […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

A widening schism: Dambisa Moyo at TEDGlobal 2013A widening schism: Dambisa Moyo at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

“Give me liberty or give me death,” says global economist Dambisa Moyo, quoting Patrick Henry from 1775. In Western ideology, freedom is the most cherished value of all, and its government and economic systems have freedom deeply embedded in them. Over the past century, these systems have delivered prosperity and innovation: US incomes have increased […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

A tale of two systems: Eric X. Li at TEDGlobal 2013A tale of two systems: Eric X. Li at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

Born in Shanghai in 1968, at the height of the Cultural Revolution, Eric X. Li grew up hearing a story: All human societies develop in linear progression, beginning with primitive society, moving through capitalism to socialism and, finally, Communism. Sooner or later, all of humanity, regardless of creed or culture, will reach that final stage […]

Gallery

10 stunning images from Liu Bolin, the disappearing man10 stunning images from Liu Bolin, the disappearing man

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Liu Bolin’s images invite a game akin to Where’s Waldo?. In some of the Chinese artist’s incredible photos, it’s clear where he is standing; in others, like the one above, it’s much harder to spot the outline of his body at all. It’s for this that Bolin has been called “The Invisible Man.” In today’s […]

Culture

5 mnemonic devices for reading Chinese characters5 mnemonic devices for reading Chinese characters

Posted By Jessica Gross

To an outsider, the Chinese language “seems to be as impenetrable as the Great Wall of China,” says ShaoLan Hsueh in today’s talk, given at TED2013. Hsueh’s mission over the past few years has been to break down that barrier, making reading and writing in Chinese accessible to people who didn’t grow up doing it. […]

Entertainment

Spotted in Shanghai: This TED Talks bootleg DVD

Posted By Wishnow

In Shanghai, China, where it’s always night, directly across the street from a pirated DVD shop called Movie Star is another pirated DVD shop called Better Than Movie Star … and that’s where TED’s founding video director, Jason Wishnow, discovered this pirated DVD (which: sigh! but it’s too good not to share). It’s a bootleg […]

Global Issues

Meet two Chinese factory workers, Lu Qingmin and Wu ChunmingMeet two Chinese factory workers, Lu Qingmin and Wu Chunming

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

It’s hard not to get a lump in your throat when you read about the grueling conditions in Chinese factories. It’s hard not to feel guilt about those working 70 hours a week in Foxconn factories where iPhones and iPads are assembled, or to feel shocked at revelations that workers in toy factories regularly receive fines […]

Technology

Did China hack the Dalai Lama’s email? How a human-computer collaboration traced the cluesDid China hack the Dalai Lama’s email? How a human-computer collaboration traced the clues

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“Man versus machine” is not an idea that Shyam Sankar believes in. In today’s fascinating talk, given at TEDGlobal 2012, Sankar urged us to think about how human ingenuity can combine with computers’ ability to parse data to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. His point: Technology should make use of human creativity, […]