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The best tech demos at TED

The best tech demos at TED

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Calling all self-proclaimed tech nerds! TED has long been known for demos that set everyone in the theatre a-buzz. Here’s a look back at some memorable tech demos from TED and TEDGlobals past, to get you excited for those coming at TED2015. Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance On stage []

13 TED Talks from Nobel Prize winners

13 TED Talks from Nobel Prize winners

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When he was 26, Kailash Satyrathi left his job as an electrical engineer. It sounded like a crazy move, but he was determined to help children in India who were forced into labor. Satyrathi has spent three decades raiding factories where children are held as slaves, building a movement to make the employment of children []

{A satirical TED Talk, inspired by Dostoevsky and given by a 10-year-old}

{A satirical TED Talk, inspired by Dostoevsky and given by a 10-year-old}

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On the surface, the talk is “TED-like”: the round red carpet, the well-rehearsed speaker, the shadowy audience, the headset mic. But quickly, discordant elements begin to register: the strange parenthetical markings on the floor, the inappropriate audience responses, the fact that the speaker himself is a 10-year-old boy. Welcome to “The Thought Leader,” a satire []

5 TED Talks that are racier than Fifty Shades of Grey

5 TED Talks that are racier than Fifty Shades of Grey

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You might not think TED has anything to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. We didn’t either. Until we woke up this morning to find ourselves called out in The New Yorker’s scathing review of the movie: “You get dirtier talk in most action movies, and more genitalia in a TED talk on Renaissance sculpture.” []

The first TEDx in Cuba: An event in Habana, two years in the making

The first TEDx in Cuba: An event in Habana, two years in the making

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By Jenny Groza Habana, Cuba, which was called “the rich man’s playground” before World War II, now evokes an air of mystery—a giant question mark. Are there still midcentury cars roaming the streets? Blighted neighborhoods with broken windows and collapsing roofs? Citizens eking out a living after years of oppression? These, says Andres Levin, the []

The 10 weirdest things that have happened in TED Talks

The 10 weirdest things that have happened in TED Talks

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Many unusual things have happened on the TED stage over the years. Our incredible speakers have done everything from perform magic tricks to attempt to set themselves on fire, all in the name of spreading their ideas. Although far from a complete list, here are some of the weirdest TED moments that we still haven’t []

7 more ways to watch TED on your TV

7 more ways to watch TED on your TV

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The biggest billboard in Times Square right now belongs to Google, announcing the new Nexus Player. A hockey puck-size device, it runs Android TV, which plays movies, TV and music — as well as to games, apps and, ahem, TED Talks — on your television screen. Bonus: Because you can find TED Talks on Android []

Kid President gives an adorable TED, er KID, Talk

Kid President gives an adorable TED, er KID, Talk

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Kid President warms hearts anytime he speaks. So what happens when he gives a “KID Talk”? A great opening line, tiny top hats for dogs and, of course, a dance. This talk gets a standing ovation from us—and we have a feeling it will send you off to the weekend in the right spirit. Watch Kid President’s []

The plot of ‘Interstellar,’ in 10 TED Talks

The plot of ‘Interstellar,’ in 10 TED Talks

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Since the first teaser in late 2013, we’ve been in countdown mode for Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s new outer-space epic that promises to blast us through space and time and wormholes. If you’re as excited as we are but can’t clear three hours to go see the whole movie, here’s the plot we could figure out []

A last-minute Halloween costume: Be a TED speaker

A last-minute Halloween costume: Be a TED speaker

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If you’re trick-or-treating tonight but haven’t thought about a costume yet — and you have 20 minutes to run to the dollar store — a modest suggestion: be a TED speaker. You’ll need:
1 pack of fuzzy pipe cleaners
1 pack of pompoms or small foam balls …