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Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Techno-illusionist and veteran speaker Marco Tempest returns to the TED stage with a new friend: EDI (pronounced “Eddie”) the robot. EDI, which stands for Electronic Deceptive Intelligence, is Tempest’s latest techno-aide, a friendly Baxter robot who ponders the difference between artificial and human intelligence. “Robot,” the newly awakened EDI interrupts, was coined in 1921 in […]

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Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED2014Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

What does a hacked future look like? What will our bodies — and minds — be capable as bioengineering becomes more and more ubiquitous? In Session 8 of TED2014, speakers take on the hacked world of tomorrow. Here are the speakers who appeared in this session. Click below to read a full recap of each […]

Entertainment

Marco Tempest to work with Baxter the RobotMarco Tempest to work with Baxter the Robot

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Illusionist Marco Tempest (watch his cyber card trick and his electric take on Nikola Tesla) has a new assistant — Baxter the Robot. The star of this talk from roboticist Rodney Brooks, Baxter is a life-sized robot that has eyes that glance where he is about to move and arms that react to human touch, […]

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Happy 157th birthday, Nikola Tesla

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Nikola Tesla, named by The Oatmeal the “greatest geek who ever lived,” was born on this day in 1856. And on the occasion of his 157th birthday, we’d like to share this great talk about the inventor who held more than 700 patents, including ones for alternating current, the radio, the remote control, the electric motors […]

Technology

Marco Tempest tells the secret story of a deck of cardsMarco Tempest tells the secret story of a deck of cards

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

On the TED stage, illusionist Marco Tempest has explored the nature of truth and lies, brought a stick figure to life, charted the meaning of magic and told the sad tale of inventor Nikola Tesla. In his latest performance, given this summer at TEDGlobal, Tempest turns his eye to a magician’s classic: a deck of […]

Science

The case for a Nikola Tesla museum

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In June, TED favorite Marco Tempest told us about the “electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla,” the late 1800s inventor who held more than 700 patents, including for concepts still used today like alternating current, radio, remote control and robotics. However, after building a wireless telegraphy center in upstate New York that he envisioned […]

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Marco Tempest makes the early 1900s new again as he tells the story of Nikola TeslaMarco Tempest makes the early 1900s new again as he tells the story of Nikola Tesla

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Illusionist Marco Tempest is known for making magic out of new technology, memorably using iPods culled from the TED audience for his talk about the beauty of deception. But for his newest TEDTalk, Tempest reaches to the past to create visual wizardry, telling the story of inventor Nikola Tesla using the principles of tanagra theatre. […]

Entertainment

Real-life augmented reality: Marco Tempest at TED2012Real-life augmented reality: Marco Tempest at TED2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Marco Tempest wowed the TED crowd yesterday, and now he’s back with an experiment, a demonstration of live augmented reality using the Kinect. This one is “technological magic” and we are advised to keep our eyes on the big screen. Photos: Ryan Lash Magic is deception we enjoy, he says. The audience must suspend its […]

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Nicola Tesla in light and sound: Marco Tempest at TED2012Nicola Tesla in light and sound: Marco Tempest at TED2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

Marco Tempest, the magician who was a spectacular hit at TEDGlobal 2011, takes the stage to tell a story, with projections, pop-up books, magic gestures, to tell the story of Nicola Tesla. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Marco dons a hat, and Tesla’s face projects on his, as he continues the story. Photo: James Duncan Davidson […]