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Apply now to be a TED2019 Fellow

Apply now to be a TED2019 Fellow

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The TED Fellows program is turning ten years old next year, and we are looking for our most ambitious class yet. We select people from every discipline and every country to be Fellows, and we give them support to scale their dreams and scale their impact. Apply to be a TED Fellow by August 26. []

TEDx talk under review

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Updated June 20, 2018: An independently organized TEDx event recently posted, and subsequently removed, a talk from the TEDx YouTube channel that the event organizer titled: “Why our perception of pedophilia has to change.” In the TEDx talk, a speaker described pedophilia as a condition some people are born with, and suggested that if we recognize []

Ideas from the intersections: A night of talks from TED and Brightline

Ideas from the intersections: A night of talks from TED and Brightline

At the intersections where we meet and collaborate, we can pool our collective wisdom to seek solutions to the world’s greatest problems. But true change begs for more than incremental steps and passive reactions — we need to galvanize transformation to create our collective future. To celebrate the effort of bold thinkers building a better []

TED en Español: TED’s first-ever Spanish-language speaker event in NYC

TED en Español: TED’s first-ever Spanish-language speaker event in NYC

Thursday marked the first-ever TED en Español speaker event hosted by TED in its New York City office. The all-Spanish daytime event featured eight speakers, a musical performance, five short films and fifteen one-minute talks given by members of the audience. The New York event is just the latest addition to TED’s sweeping new Spanish-language []

Playlist: 10 TEDWomen talks for Earth Day

Playlist: 10 TEDWomen talks for Earth Day

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Earlier this week, I had the privilege and honor to plant trees with the daughter and granddaughter of environmentalist Wangari Maathai. In recognition of her life’s work promoting “sustainable development, democracy and peace,” Maathai received the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. She was a lifelong activist who founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977. At that []

Announced at TED2018: Google’s new TalkToBooks search

Announced at TED2018: Google’s new TalkToBooks search

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Here onstage at TED2018, futurist Ray Kurzweil has just formally announced a new way to query the text inside books using something called semantic search — which is a search on ideas and concepts, rather than specific words. Called TalkToBooks, the beta-stage product uses an experimental AI to query a database of 120,000 books in []

How to rebuild trust … Frances Frei speaks at TED2018

How to rebuild trust … Frances Frei speaks at TED2018

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“It’s my belief that trust is the foundation for everything we do,” says Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei, “and that if we can learn to trust on another more, we can have unprecedented human progress.” What to do, then, when trust is broken? In companies, there are many reasons that a rupture can happen. []

Insanity. Humanity. Notes from Session 8 at TED2018

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. []

Scenes from the Tech Playground at TED2018

Scenes from the Tech Playground at TED2018

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Assembled by our tech curator Alex Moura, six exhibits around the theater explore the hands-on, playful and human side of tech. Every exhibit is in some way touchable, relatable — not a piece of shiny gear in a plexiglas box but instead something to step into and be part of and play with. Meet our []

Considering Steven Pinker at TED2018

Considering Steven Pinker at TED2018

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Linguist and psychologist Steven Pinker’s talk at the end of TED2018 Session 1 argued enthusiastically that humanity has, as a whole, made remarkable progress toward prosperity, peace and happiness — backing up his assertions with charts that showed an optimistic trajectory. But is that the whole story? A roundtable of TED Fellows — including scientists []