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What will blow our minds in the *next* 30 years?What will blow our minds in the *next* 30 years?

Posted By Helen Walters

Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an idiot. Nonetheless, many speakers at the annual TED conference have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like. The video above takes a […]

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How Star Trek will finally come trueHow Star Trek will finally come true

Posted By TED Guest Author

by Nilofer Merchant In the next 30 years, the full Star Trek story will actually come true.  Already, we’ve seen many of the show’s far-fetched ideas come to fruition. Everyone now carries a communicator, aka the smart phone. We have medical devices that test for diseases with light, not by drawing blood (like new tests for anemia […]

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What it will mean to live on a legible planetWhat it will mean to live on a legible planet

Posted By TED Guest Author

by Andrew Blau, Deloitte Technology advances over the last 30 years mean that we have crossed an invisible threshold: for the first time in human history, we now live on a legible planet. What will blow our minds in the next 30 years is what it will mean when almost anyone can read and understand the world […]

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Forge meaning, build identity: Andrew Solomon at TED2014Forge meaning, build identity: Andrew Solomon at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

The extraordinary and eloquent Andrew Solomon closes TED2014 with a talk that brought the theater to its feet. Popular wisdom, begins Solomon, is that we find meaning, that it is an external truth to seek. But after a lifetime as a student of adversity, he has found that meaning, in fact, is forged. Solomon recalls […]

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The crisis of modern parenting: Jennifer Senior at TED2014The crisis of modern parenting: Jennifer Senior at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Why do so many people today experience parenthood like a kind of crisis? That’s the question Jennifer Senior sets out to answer on the final day of TED2014. The parenting section of Barnes & Noble is packed with books for eco-friendly kids, gluten-free kids, science-minded kids. For Senior, those shelves don’t seem helpful — they […]

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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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The strange story of the teddy bear: Jon Mooallem at TED2014The strange story of the teddy bear: Jon Mooallem at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In 1902, bears in the United States were symbols of all the dangers of the frontier. Bears were called “murderers” for their tendency to attack livestock, and they were being systematically killed by the federal government. That was, until President Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Mississippi on a hunting trip. Roosevelt had finished for the day, […]

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Will Shortz: Why I said yes to a crossword magic trick live at TEDWill Shortz: Why I said yes to a crossword magic trick live at TED

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Today on stage at TED2014 magician and puzzler David Kwong blew minds when he pulled an audience member onstage, asked her to color in a few animals, and then revealed he was so sure he could predict her behavior that he had her choices written into the day’s New York Times crossword. Hm: What’s a […]

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6 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality6 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality

Posted By Jessica Gross

In today’s talk, Christopher Ryan, the co-author of Sex at Dawn with Cacilda Jethá, takes a deeper look at the standard narrative of human sexual evolution we’ve long upheld: men provide women with goods and services in exchange for women’s sexual fidelity. According to this model, Ryan points out, the war between the sexes is […]

Business

Further reading (and watching) on women and the workplaceFurther reading (and watching) on women and the workplace

Posted By Jessica Gross

During an interview at TEDWomen 2013, host Pat Mitchell asked Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to explain how her 2010 TED Talk evolved. “I asked myself the question that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and my boss, asks all of us, which is: What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” Sandberg said. Her answer: “I […]

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6 studies on how money affects the mind6 studies on how money affects the mind

Posted By Jessica Gross

How does being rich affect the way we behave? In today’s talk, social psychologist Paul Piff provides a convincing case for the answer: not well. “As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases,” he says in […]

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What it’s like to grow old, in different parts of the worldWhat it’s like to grow old, in different parts of the world

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

The world’s population is getting older. Across the globe, people are living longer thanks to improvements in healthcare, nutrition and technology. This population shift brings with it incredible possibilities, but also a new set of challenges. How do we care for our elderly? In today’s talk, Jared Diamond examines the vast differences in how societies […]

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Silesian, the 103rd language on TED.com, and the story behind itSilesian, the 103rd language on TED.com, and the story behind it

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Krystian Aparta, as told to Kate Torgovnick Silesian is a Slavic language spoken by about 500,000 people in a region of Poland known as Silesia. Because the region had been home to a large German population until World War II, and because in neighbors the Czech Republic, it consists largely of German and Czech […]

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A story of people, not of radiation: A conversation about those still living near Chernobyl and FukushimaA story of people, not of radiation: A conversation about those still living near Chernobyl and Fukushima

Posted By Michelle Quint

If your home had been devastated by a disaster, would you stay? Why do people choose to remain in potentially life-threatening places? These are just a few of the complex questions that photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart and filmmaker Holly Morris explore in their respective work, documenting the lives of people living in Chernobyl and Fukushima. […]