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I am, because of you: Further reading on UbuntuI am, because of you: Further reading on Ubuntu

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Boyd Varty’s talk brings together many fascinating moments: a tribute to Nelson Mandela (who passed away just hours before Varty took the stage at TEDWomen 2013 last week), incredible footage of animals shot on the Londolozi Game Reserve (which Varty’s family transformed from a hunting ground to a game reserve in 1973, and where Varty […]


The changing face of explorationThe changing face of exploration

Posted By David Lang

To explore is human. It’s as basic as cooking and bathing, and as essential as song and dance. It’s not something that needs a lengthy explanation — whether you’re 3 or 103, it’s the tingly feeling you get in the bottom of your stomach when you venture into unknown terrain. Across ages and cultures, there […]


How to print out your own houseHow to print out your own house

Posted By Helen Walters

Architect Alastair Parvin came to TED2013 with questions that challenge our preconceptions about building. How about we involve everyone in the architectural design process, not just professional architects building for the super-wealthy? What about a world in which cities are built by citizens? Parvin isn’t merely being rhetorical, as he shares in today’s talk. He […]


Break it down and make it: Fellows Friday with Dominic MurenBreak it down and make it: Fellows Friday with Dominic Muren

Posted By Karen Eng

Maker, innovator, and cottage industrialist Dominic Muren wants making to be open, global and modular. He’s just launched his latest project, Alchematter – an online open source platform that breaks down and spells out instructions on how to make, well, anything. He gives us the ins and outs of the site, covering everything from reverse crowdfunding […]


TED Fellow Jon Gosier wins Knight News Challenge Mobile grantTED Fellow Jon Gosier wins Knight News Challenge Mobile grant

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Congratulations is in order for TED Fellow Jon Gosier. His mobile app, Abayima, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, which funds innovative projects designed to get information to all corners of the globe. While smartphones may be the norm in the West, most mobile phone users in the world — […]


5 steps for being an impatient patient, from John Wilbanks5 steps for being an impatient patient, from John Wilbanks

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In the late 1800s, Cuban physician Carlos Finlay had a theory that yellow fever was spread by mosquitos — rather than by dirty clothing, as was the belief of the day. To test his theory, he asked living, breathing human beings to be voluntarily infected with the disease. It was devastating, potentially fatal work. And […]


How you too can build your own computer

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

As computers have gotten more complex, even tech literate users have become detached from the basics of how they function. This is what Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan noticed with their computer science students in Israel. As Schocken explains in this talk from TEDGlobal 2012, the pair decided to have their students build a working […]


Who else is watching TEDTalks? A visual mapWho else is watching TEDTalks? A visual map

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Every day, 450,000 people log on to TED.com. But where are they located? And what are they watching—our newest offerings or our classic talks? In the spirit of visual data artists like Hans Rosling and David McCandless, TED web engineer Alex Dean created a map of the United States which shows when and where TEDTalks […]


Further reading in GitHub, from Clay ShirkyFurther reading in GitHub, from Clay Shirky

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The open-source programming world has a lot to teach democracy, says Clay Shirky. In this fascinating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, Shirky harkens back to the early days of the printing press. At the time, a group of “natural philosophers” (who would later adopt the term “scientists”) called the Invisible College realized that the press could […]


Open-source security: James Stavridis at TEDGlobal 2012Open-source security: James Stavridis at TEDGlobal 2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

Photo: James Duncan Davidson Admiral James Stavridis is the Supreme Commander of NATO. He is a proponent of what he calls open-source security. He is looking at 21st century security in a very different way than we’ve looked at security before. From walls to bridges Looking back to the security paradigm of the recent past, he […]