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TEDFilms: Four new short films premiered at TED2018

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TEDFilms: Four new short films premiered at TED2018

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For the TED conference this year, we wanted to entertain attendees between talks — and support and encourage up-and-coming filmmakers. Meet TEDFilms, a new program for promoting the creation of original short films. Executive-produced by Sinéad McDevitt and led up by TED’s director of Production and Video Operations, Mina Sabet, the short films acted as a []

More TED2018 conference shorts to amuse and amaze

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More TED2018 conference shorts to amuse and amaze

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Even in the Age of Amazement, sometimes you need a break between talks packed with fascinating science, tech, art and so much more. That’s where interstitials come in: short videos that entertain and intrigue, while allowing the brain a moment to reset and ready itself to absorb more information. For this year’s conference, TED commissioned []

Insanity. Humanity. Notes from Session 8 at TED2018

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Insanity. Humanity. Notes from Session 8 at TED2018

The seven speakers lived up to the two words in the title of the session. Their talks showcased both our collective insanity — the algorithmically-assembled extremes of the Internet — and our humanity — the values and desires that extremists astutely tap into — along with some speakers combining the two into a glorious salad. []

Wow. Just wow. Notes from Session 7 of TED2018

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Wow. Just wow. Notes from Session 7 of TED2018

What we need sometimes is a little awe, a little wonder. This session of TED Talks was designed to provoke an exquisite human emotion: the sense that the world is bigger and stranger than you’d known. Without further ado, wow. A blueprint for how humans and machines can coexist. American researchers are leading AI discoveries, []

Space to dream: Notes from Session 5 at TED2018

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Space to dream: Notes from Session 5 at TED2018

Session 5, hosted by TED Curator Chris Anderson and astrophysicist and TED Fellow Jedidah Isler, is called “space to dream.” As Isler points out, we’re not just talking about outer space — it’s also about “the right to take up space, to dream, to do.” Seven dreamers, doers and designers offer a variety of ways []

Nerdish delight: Notes from Session 3 of TED2018

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Nerdish delight: Notes from Session 3 of TED2018

For the Session 3 of the conference, TED Head of Curation Helen Walters says, “We’re throwing off all pretense of cool.” Seven speakers are queued up to discuss the latest advances in their fields of technology. And while the gadgets do all different things, they share one crucial function: the power to make jaws drop. []

After the end of history … : Notes from Session 2 of TED2018

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After the end of history … : Notes from Session 2 of TED2018

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, says TED Curator Chris Anderson as he opens Session 2, “we used to think that democratically-powered capitalism was supposed to take over the world.” Political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously called it the “end of history.” So now what happens? Five TED speakers come to the stage to talk []

In Case You Missed It: Exploring the amazing (in every sense of the word) at day 1 of TED2018

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In Case You Missed It: Exploring the amazing (in every sense of the word) at day 1 of TED2018

TED2018, themed “The Age of Amazement,” kicked off Tuesday with two eye-opening sessions of talks from this year’s TED Fellows — with tech and science demos, music, dance and comedy — as well as the opening of exhibits and, of course, a memorable Session 1 full of bold ideas, tough truths and jaw-dropping creative visions. []

Into the fray, undaunted: Notes from TED Fellows Session 2 at TED2018

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Into the fray, undaunted: Notes from TED Fellows Session 2 at TED2018

To commence TED Fellows Session 2, multi-hyphenate Paul Rucker takes the stage with his cello. (Spoiler alert: you will see him later in this writeup showcasing another artform.) Inspired by his mother, who learned to play the organ through a mail-order course, Rucker taught himself how to play this instrument. But right here on the []