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Self-organized learners around the world team up to raise money

Self-organized learners around the world team up to raise money

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In Kingston, Jamaica, 4- to 6-year-olds in early education programs think about questions like, “What does it mean to be selfish?” In a school on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, fifth graders research topics like, “What is WordPress?” In rural Colombia, students at local libraries puzzle over prompts like, “Why are yawns contagious?” The School in []

What learning at the edge of chaos looks like

What learning at the edge of chaos looks like

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“Let’s skip ahead and assume that children of the future are always connected,” said education innovator Sugata Mitra. Thinking out loud about the evolution of screen sizes and the future of wearables, he came to the conclusion: “The Internet is a subject as important as science or mathematics.” Mitra shared this in a presentation at []

Are we gods now? Jennifer Kahn talks CRISPR at TED2016

Are we gods now? Jennifer Kahn talks CRISPR at TED2016

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Something huge is coming, and it sounds like an ad for a bag of potato chips. CRISPR, which makes gene editing so cheap and easy a talented high schooler could do it, is the latest technology that promises to radically change the world. But what exactly can it do, and what are the potential dangers? []

IBM Watson offers $5 million prize for an AI X Prize presented by TED

IBM Watson offers $5 million prize for an AI X Prize presented by TED

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Today at TED2016 in Vancouver, Peter Diamandis of the X Prize joined Dave Kenny of IBM Watson to announce a thrilling new prize in cognitive computing: The IBM Watson AI X Prize presented by TED, a $5 million competition to develop and demonstrate a powerful collaboration between human and artificial intelligence. The winner of this competition []

Want to give a tech demo or talk at TED2016? Apply to share your idea

Want to give a tech demo or talk at TED2016? Apply to share your idea

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Attention all engineers, inventors, makers, technology professionals and enthusiasts! TED is seeking jaw-dropping tech demos or talks, to be shared at our 2016 conference in Vancouver. The ideal talk/demo will feature a new piece of technology that can be shown in just a few minutes from the stage, tell us about something brand-new, or offer []

Toward tech that can understand how we’re feeling: Rana el Kaliouby speaks at TEDWomen 2015

Toward tech that can understand how we’re feeling: Rana el Kaliouby speaks at TEDWomen 2015

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Most human beings can tell the difference between a smirk and a smile. Our computers and devices, however? Not so much. Fifteen years ago, Rana el Kaliouby left her home in Egypt to study computer science at Cambridge. With her husband at home, she found herself homesick. “I realized I was spending more hours with my laptop than any other human,” she []

8 tips for virtual collaboration, from TED’s tech team

8 tips for virtual collaboration, from TED’s tech team

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Our 29-member Technology Team is spread out. TED HQ is in New York, but our team includes developers who live in six other states — from Florida to Oregon, with a stopoff in South Dakota — and two other countries. (Yes, tech talent doesn’t always reside in New York and San Francisco.) There are big []

Test driving the Toyota i-Road concept car

Test driving the Toyota i-Road concept car

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A three-wheeled half-motorcycle half-car, the Toyota i-Road is imagined as a future for urban transportation — tiny, battery-powered and hyper maneuverable, perfect for zipping along tightly packed urban streets. The concept car was launched in March 2013, but there are only three i-Roads in North America right now, and all of them are at TED2015 this week. Which is why I found myself down in the loading dock of the []

In place of a new TED Talk from Magic Leap, we bring you …

In place of a new TED Talk from Magic Leap, we bring you …

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This morning, Chris Anderson announced that Rony Abovitz of the start-up Magic Leap, who’d planned to join us here at TED2015, has cancelled his appearance for, as Chris says, “Reasons unknown.” Up to now, Magic Leap has become known for two things in the tech world: 1) generating hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and []

How I thought about curating tech for TED2015

How I thought about curating tech for TED2015

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As a venture capitalist, I have a ringside seat to innovation. It is an amazing job; every day I learn about some new technology that is compelling enough that an otherwise rational human being has set aside his or her life to pursue it. It is hard not to get excited about what the future []