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Internet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren ElazariInternet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren Elazari

Posted By Nadia Goodman

Two weeks ago, hours after Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “wipe out” Twitter, his government blocked access to the platform across the country. It was just weeks before a hotly contended election, and Erdoğan was upset about tweets accusing him of corruption. A judicial ruling in Turkey called for Twitter to take […]

TED2014

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

Posted By Helen Walters

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 […]

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What it will mean to live on a legible planetWhat it will mean to live on a legible planet

Posted By TED Guest Author

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 […]

Live from TED2014

The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED2014The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Ray Kurzweil returns to the TED stage to explain his new (kind of old) theory of the mind. He first wrote his theory as a paper 50 years ago, but today there’s a plethora of new evidence to support it. First, a refresher on the story of the neocortex, which means “new rind.” Two hundred […]

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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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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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Puppetry in the age of technology: Brian Henson on creatures, CGI and spontaneityPuppetry in the age of technology: Brian Henson on creatures, CGI and spontaneity

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“Spontaneity is the most delicious part,” says Brian Henson in a master class at TED2014, hosted by Syfy. “There’s something about letting a moment happen. Your best-laid plans cannot exceed what happens spontaneously.” Henson, a master puppeteer and the chair of The Jim Henson Company, says that a love of spontaneity deeply infused his father’s […]

Art

Janet Echelman begins installation of 745-foot aerial sculpture in Vancouver: A making-of galleryJanet Echelman begins installation of 745-foot aerial sculpture in Vancouver: A making-of gallery

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Janet Echelman is installing her new sculpture as we speak. Not in a gallery or on a pedestal, but instead soaring over the middle of downtown Vancouver. The installation involves cranes, hard hats and anchor points engineered atop two buildings: a 24-story hotel and the Vancouver Convention Centre where TED2014 will be held. “After three […]

Technology

Questions you may have about Mary Lou Jepsen’s TED TalkQuestions you may have about Mary Lou Jepsen’s TED Talk

Posted By Tedstaff

Mary Lou Jepsen’s talk about the future of brain-reading devices was widely discussed at TED2013 and, after the conference, we received a few very specific technical and scientific questions from attendees who watched it live. Jepsen’s is the kind of talk that tests the limit of TED’s short-talk format — it’s full of technical information […]

Culture

6 unexpected historical figures with the civic hacker mindset6 unexpected historical figures with the civic hacker mindset

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Catherine Bracy Hacking has always been an important component of healthy democracies. Despite the bad connotation the word often has these days — indicating rogue criminals breaking into computer systems, stealing identities, spying or worse — hacking is really just any amateur innovation on an existing system. And that “system” doesn’t have to be […]