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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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How 3D printing will turn us all (back) into makers: Avi Reichental at TED2014How 3D printing will turn us all (back) into makers: Avi Reichental at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

3D printing pioneer Avi Reichental is nostalgic for a time he never quite experienced — a time of hyper-local, made-to-order, personalized craftsmanship. While the industrial revolution did a lot to advance humanity, says Reichental, it eradicated local manufacturing that people like his grandfather, a cobbler, excelled in. It atrophied society’s craftsmanship skills. But, says Reichental, there’s […]

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A biologist, an engineer, a designer and a musical robot builder walk into a room. Not a joke; it’s their officeA biologist, an engineer, a designer and a musical robot builder walk into a room. Not a joke; it’s their office

Posted By Helen Walters

Listen to too much talk about innovation, and before long you’re bound to hear someone utter the “cross” word. It might be followed by “fertilization,” maybe “pollination,” perhaps even “disciplinary,” but the sharing of ideas with unlike-minded people is a hot topic, the holy grail of wannabe world-changers. After all, the thinking goes, working with […]

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Mother knows best: Re-making the Embrace baby warmer for momsMother knows best: Re-making the Embrace baby warmer for moms

Posted By Helen Walters

When Jane Chen and her team arrived in India five years ago, it was with a bold idea. They wanted to develop a simple, affordable solution to a terrible problem: infant mortality. They went to the right place. According to a recent Child Mortality report, produced by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, […]

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What to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni GriffinWhat to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni Griffin

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Everyone knows Detroit is in trouble. The list of problems assaulting the once-mighty Motor City is long and, from a look at national newspapers, incessantly documented. Most recently, the city filed for bankruptcy; its former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for public corruption. Since the booming 1950s, the city of Detroit […]

News

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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David Kelley on the need for creative confidenceDavid Kelley on the need for creative confidence

Posted By Helen Walters

In 2012, IDEO founder and longtime Stanford professor David Kelley took the TED stage in Long Beach and shared a deeply personal story. It was the tale of his own cancer diagnosis, of finding a lump in his neck and being told he had a 40% chance of survival. This was clearly a sobering moment, […]

Art

A portrait of you from a single hair: The work of Heather Dewey-HagborgA portrait of you from a single hair: The work of Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Posted By Helen Walters

The video “DNA Portrait,” above, is a lovely short documentary shot by TED’s own Kari Mulholland. It features the work of the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, who spent time collecting hairs shed in public spaces… and then sequencing the DNA therein to print 3D sculptures of what those hairs’ owners might look like. Whoa. The film […]

Health

Tackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi ManchandaTackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi Manchanda

Posted By Jim Daly

We all think we understand the formula for keeping healthy — eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, skip dessert. But that picture is vastly incomplete, perhaps fatally so. In the eye-opening new TED book, The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to Its Source, physician Rishi Manchanda says that while our individual health is highly dependent on […]