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

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

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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 []

What will be the most important driver of change in the future?

What will be the most important driver of change in the future?

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One of the installations at TED this year challenged attendees to vote on ten potential drivers of change in the next 30 years. The crowd had their say via that enormously sophisticated piece of technology, the sticky note. As we could likely have predicted, there wasn’t much consensus among those in Vancouver, but the range []

How Star Trek will finally come true

How Star Trek will finally come true

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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 []

What it will mean to live on a legible planet

What it will mean to live on a legible planet

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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 []

TED Radio Hour takes a look in the crystal ball

TED Radio Hour takes a look in the crystal ball

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Take a trip back to the future with this week’s TED Radio Hour, as six TED speakers share their prophecies for what lies ahead. From curing cancer to self-driving cars, these TEDsters offer exciting visions for the future, but not without cautionary warnings. The episode starts with a walk down memory lane with Nicholas Negroponte, []

New playlist: What does the future look like?

New playlist: What does the future look like?

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TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, a new playlist is available: What does the future look like? It’s the question none of us is sure how to answer: What will the world look like in 20 years? And []

10 talks on predicting the future

10 talks on predicting the future

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We’re just a week into 2013, and the year seems filled with possibility. The turn of the New Year is generally an occasion to look back and reflect on the year that’s passed — the victories and defeats, the lives lost and the experiences found. But after we look back, we inevitably turn forward. We []

11 talks that freaked us out in 2012

11 talks that freaked us out in 2012

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Vicki Arroyo’s hometown is New Orleans, and after Hurricane Katrina struck, she knew firsthand the looming threat of climate change. In this eye-opening talk from TEDGlobal 2012, “Let’s prepare for our new climate,” Arroyo reveals the startling truths about droughts, rising water levels and natural disasters — that they may only get worse. In 2012, []

6 TEDxTalks envisioning the city of the future

6 TEDxTalks envisioning the city of the future

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According to the United Nations, by the year of 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. So what will the city of the future look like? These are some of the questions that dominate our conception of “The City 2.0”: How will we transport ourselves? Where will we grow our []