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The future is coming. 6 ways it will change everythingThe future is coming. 6 ways it will change everything

Posted By TED Guest Author

by Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Google How will our minds be blown in the next 30 years? Well, that’s quite a long time, given the acceleration in history. Still, I’ll be brave and make six hypotheses. 1. Machine Intelligence I think that just as the Internet has been such a great driver of change across […]

Global Issues

Awesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loansAwesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loans

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In the developing world, would-be entrepreneurs are easily able to get microloans. But getting access to formal financial institutions — the kind that give large-scale loans — well, that’s much more difficult. Because 70% of those who start small businesses simply don’t have a financial identity. TED Fellow Shivani Siroya has created a tool to […]

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Me: Help me, Bjorn Lomborg, I didn’t understand your new TED Talk. Bjorn: Sure, AMAMe: Help me, Bjorn Lomborg, I didn’t understand your new TED Talk. Bjorn: Sure, AMA

Posted By Helen Walters

Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg focuses on using economic methods and data to prioritize the world’s problems. In 2005, he gave a TED Talk, Global priorities bigger than climate change, in which he challenged the audience to decide how they might spend $50 billion to solve the pressing issues of our time. Now he’s back, with […]

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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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GPS, lithium batteries, the internet, cellular technology, airbags: A Q&A about how governments often fuel innovationGPS, lithium batteries, the internet, cellular technology, airbags: A Q&A about how governments often fuel innovation

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Should the government act like a venture capitalist? It might seem crazy to some, but in today’s eye-opening talk, economist Mariana Mazzucato shows why it might just work — and how it has, in fact, been working for decades. In this talk, Mazzucato flips the script on the image of a big government meddling in […]

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Why Africa is booming: Further watching and reading on the economic turnaround of the continentWhy Africa is booming: Further watching and reading on the economic turnaround of the continent

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In today’s talk, economist Charles Robertson turns up the heat on an idea that’s been simmering for several years: that Africa is seeing rapid economic growth. Looking at statistics and at the precedents set by China and India, Robertson brings this idea to a full boil, saying that economists haven’t been nearly optimistic enough in […]

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Have we made any progress since 2005? Bjorn Lomborg updates his classic TED Talk in a new talk at TED HQHave we made any progress since 2005? Bjorn Lomborg updates his classic TED Talk in a new talk at TED HQ

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Bjorn Lomborg gave a mind-blowing talk at TED2005 on making big decisions about our global priorities. In it, he asked the question: If you had $50 billion, enough to solve either climate change or AIDS — which would you pick? A redditor who discovered the video just last week commented: “Um… isn’t there any opinion […]

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How to keep the plutocracy from becoming an aristocracy: A Q&A with Chrystia FreelandHow to keep the plutocracy from becoming an aristocracy: A Q&A with Chrystia Freeland

Posted By Nia Ashley

Chrystia Freeland writes about the power of money. As a journalist, she examines how money shapes society, impacts politics and essentially makes the world go ‘round. In today’s talk, given at TEDGlobal 2013, Freeland tackles the growing global plutocracy, looking at how 21st century democratic capitalism is making the rich richer while pulling up the […]

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Bjorn Lomborg is still thinking about “evil economics”Bjorn Lomborg is still thinking about “evil economics”

Posted By Helen Walters

In 2005, Bjorn Lomborg bounced onto the TED stage in Monterey to challenge the assembled audience to think about “the biggest problems in the world.” Author of the book The Skeptical Environmentalist and the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, Lomborg promptly advised the somewhat startled audience to forget about global warming. If we really want to make an impact on the serious […]

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Turbulent times ahead: Q&A with economist Didier SornetteTurbulent times ahead: Q&A with economist Didier Sornette

Posted By David Webber

Forecasting the stock market has a storied past of unfruitful predictions. But in today’s TED Talk, Didier Sornette shares how he and his research team have successfully identified unstable market bubbles and even predicted when they’ll pop. His findings, if accepted, could quite literally change the way we do business, by shifting how banks, traders […]