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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 []

TED gets a fresh new look on TV apps

TED gets a fresh new look on TV apps

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TED fans with an Android TV or Amazon FireTV will see a newly reimagined app — one that offers far more than just a sleek new design — beginning today. We’re giving you more relevant talk suggestions, provided daily on the homepage. With our new layout, the app’s playlists and talks are easier than ever to []

Inside our rebuilt Android app, for TED’s next billion fans

Inside our rebuilt Android app, for TED’s next billion fans

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Now we’ve completely rebuilt the TED Talks Android app to help our global audience search, find and watch talks in their local languages. The rebuilt-from-the-ground-up Android app works natively in 24 languages, so if your phone setting is in native Japanese, you’ll now get the full TED experience with a Japanese interface and more than 2,000 TED Talks subtitled in Japanese — and even multi-language search.

10 research tips for finding answers online

10 research tips for finding answers online

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Before Danielle Thomson was our TED Prize researcher, she wrote trivia for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and spent years finding difficult-to-source info for The Late Show with David Letterman. And she has quickly established herself as our staff secret weapon. When one of us can’t get our hands on a piece of information []

Skybox gets Googled, David Binder wins a Tony,  Steven Pinker on writing in the 21st century, and more

Skybox gets Googled, David Binder wins a Tony, Steven Pinker on writing in the 21st century, and more

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Several members of the TED community are popping in the news this week. Below, some highlights: Dan Berkenstock’s Skybox Imaging, which uses small satellites to create close to real-time imagery of the planet, has been bought by Google. The internet giant’s website explains, “Skybox’s satellites will help keep our maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over []

Andrew Stanton’s storytelling TED Talk featured in Oscars ad

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During the Oscars, I got teary at three things: Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech, the “In memoriam” montage and Google’s filmmaking-themed ad that ran toward the end of the night. This ad, titled “We’re all Storytellers,” showed young filmmakers experimenting with their craft and , on a night all about the power of film, it hit []

World Bank opens their data to the world: Hans Rosling reports!

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Hans Rosling writes: So it did happen! Just hours ago World Bank president did completely change the World Bank data policy. This story shows the power of Ideas worth spreading. The story runs in 5 acts: 1. My TED2006 talk yielded Google’s acquisition of software from Gapminder. 2. Tim Berners-Lee add pressure for free data []

A cure for post-TED blahs: Google Ocean demo

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Your humble TED bloggers were deep into TED2009 prep when this demo dropped last week — so let’s catch up. Watch Sylvia Earle, a winner of the 2009 TED Prize, as she narrates this demo of Google Ocean, an extension of Google Earth:

Hans Rosling’s jaw-dropping demo, on TED.com

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In a follow-up to his now-legendary TED2006 presentation, Hans Rosling demonstrates how developing countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He shows us the next generation of his Trendalyzer software — which analyzes and displays data in amazingly accessible ways, allowing people to see patterns previously hidden behind mountains of stats. (Just days after this []