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TED2014

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

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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 […]

Environment

Field, fuel & forest: Fellows Friday with Sanga MosesField, fuel & forest: Fellows Friday with Sanga Moses

Posted By Karen Eng

When former accountant Sanga Moses ran into his sister on a far-from-home road carrying firewood on what was supposed to be a school day, his life changed. He knew that Uganda’s rapidly disappearing forests had big implications for the environment, but he hadn’t recognized the day-to-day effect it was having on the lives of his […]

Business

The psychology of energy savings: Talking behavioral economics with Alex Laskey and Sendhil MullainathanThe psychology of energy savings: Talking behavioral economics with Alex Laskey and Sendhil Mullainathan

Posted By Helen Walters

“For the past five years we’ve been running the largest behavioral science experiment in the world,” says Alex Laskey in today’s TED Talk, given at this year’s 2013 conference in Long Beach. “And, it’s working.” Laskey’s company Opower partners with utility companies to deliver personalized home energy reports, all based off the insight that people are […]

Science

3 teenage thinkers with big ideas for energy3 teenage thinkers with big ideas for energy

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Taylor Wilson has been called “The Boy Who Played With Fusion” by Popular Science magazine. At age 9, Wilson stunned tour guides at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with his complex understanding of rocket science. At 12, he set out to make a “star in a jar.” By 14, Wilson had become […]

Global Issues

The psychology of saving energy: Alex Laskey at TED2013The psychology of saving energy: Alex Laskey at TED2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Have you checked your email today? Your finances? What about your energy use? Alex Laskey thinks that with just a shift in attitude toward our energy use, we can all save a lot. Laskey introduces an experiment he ran with his team at Opower. People received one of three different messages on their doors about […]

Science

Good energy comes in small packages: Taylor Wilson at TED2013Good energy comes in small packages: Taylor Wilson at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Taylor Wilson graduated from high school in May. And Popular Science has already dubbed him “The Boy who Played with Fusion” and Forbes has suggested that he may just be “The Bill Gates of Energy.” Wilson first received attention at the age of 14, after building a nuclear fusion reactor he’d dreamed up in his parents’ garage. He spoke at TED2012 […]

Global Issues

Transforming transportation: Elon Musk at TED2013Transforming transportation: Elon Musk at TED2013

Posted By Helen Walters

The cofounder of PayPal, Elon Musk has become one of his generation’s most aggressive, not to mention successful, entrepreneurs. As CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and CEO and CTO of SpaceX, his interests clearly lie in transforming transportation and creating an economy built on sustainable energy. Now he takes the TED stage to tell us more. First, he talks about […]

Global Issues

How about creating a national energy policy?: Jennifer Granholm at TED2013How about creating a national energy policy?: Jennifer Granholm at TED2013

Posted By Helen Walters

Kicking off the TED conference would be a daunting prospect for most, but Jennifer Granholm has tackled both nastier challenges and less friendly audiences in her time. After all, she is the former governor of Michigan, a state that, as the blurb to her book A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future puts it, was “synonymous with […]

Playlist

Four very fresh ideas about air conditioningFour very fresh ideas about air conditioning

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Air conditioning used to be a luxury — but as Doris Kim Sung points out in this talk from TEDxUSC, modernized society has become thoroughly air-conditioning reliant. This is largely a problem of materials, says Sung, a professor at the USC School of Architecture. Many new buildings — especially skyscrapers — are built with floor-to-ceiling […]

 

Inventing a super-kite to tap the energy of high-altitude wind: Saul Griffith on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Unveiled at TED2009: In this brief talk, Saul Griffith debuts the invention his new company Makani Power has been working on: giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 05:25.) Watch Saul Griffith’s talk from TED2009 on TED.com, where you can download […]

 

William Kamkwamba in the Wall Street Journal

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William Kamkwamba, a young Malawi man who designed and built a windmill for his family when he was 14 — and who spoke so memorably at TEDGlobal Africa this June — is profiled on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal in a story headined “A Young Tinkerer Builds a Windmill, Electrifying a Nation.” […]

Science

Quotes from the TED Salon

Posted By Tedstaff

Last night in Manhattan, TED hosted its 2007 Salon, called “Hot Science: Radical Ideas to Combat the Climate Crisis.” A detailed roundup is coming later today — but first, a few quotes from last night: The first speaker, Michael Oppenheimer, began by saying: “I’m the depressing, immobilizing part of the talk.” He went on to […]

 

To the depths of the Earth … and beyond! Watch Bill Stone on TED.com

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Bill Stone, the maverick cave explorer and diver — who has invented robots and rebreathing equipment to let him plumb Earth’s deepest abysses — talks about his efforts to build a robot to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa. The plan is to send the droid to bore through miles of ice and swim through a liquid […]