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  • The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

    Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It’s not just a crisis; it’s a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband — and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it.

    CONKJune 21, 2017
    1,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 5
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  • How pollution is changing the ocean’s chemistry | Triona McGrath

    As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water’s chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a dive into an oceanographer’s world.

    CONKJune 20, 2017
    1,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,060 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
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  • 3 principles for creating safer AI | Stuart Russell

    How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover? As we move closer toward creating all-knowing machines, AI pioneer Stuart Russell is working on something a bit different: robots with uncertainty.

    CONKJune 7, 2017
    1,094 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,094 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,094 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,094 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,094 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5
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  • How to exploit democracy | Laura Galante

    Hacking, fake news, information bubbles … all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it’s you.

    CONKMay 26, 2017
    1,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 51,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 51,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 51,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 51,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 5
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  • This is what democracy looks like | Anthony D. Romero

    In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero turned to a surprising place — a 14th-century fresco by Italian Renaissance master Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

    CONKMay 25, 2017
    1,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 51,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 51,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 51,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 51,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 5
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  • What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s | Lisa Genova

    Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be your brain’s destiny, says neuroscientist and author of “Still Alice,” Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease — and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer’s-resistant brain.

    CONKMay 20, 2017
    2,015 votes, average: 4.91 out of 52,015 votes, average: 4.91 out of 52,015 votes, average: 4.91 out of 52,015 votes, average: 4.91 out of 52,015 votes, average: 4.91 out of 5
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  • Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

    “I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people,” says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood’s biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight.

    CONKMay 12, 2017
    17,143 votes, average: 4.92 out of 517,143 votes, average: 4.92 out of 517,143 votes, average: 4.92 out of 517,143 votes, average: 4.92 out of 517,143 votes, average: 4.92 out of 5
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  • 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach

    We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains — an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term … Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.

    CONKMay 8, 2017
    1,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
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  • The future we’re building — and boring | Elon Musk

    Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson.

    CONKMay 4, 2017
    9,702 votes, average: 4.94 out of 59,702 votes, average: 4.94 out of 59,702 votes, average: 4.94 out of 59,702 votes, average: 4.94 out of 59,702 votes, average: 4.94 out of 5
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  • Political common ground in a polarized United States | Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks

    How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today — and where we can find common ground.

    CONKApril 28, 2017
    399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5
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  • Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis

    A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail.

    CONKApril 26, 2017
    2,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 52,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 52,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 52,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 52,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 5
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  • TED Imagines The Future You

    Watch as brilliant TED speakers take the stage at TED2017, coming to a cinema near you this month. Visit for more information.

    CONKApril 8, 2017
    1,015 votes, average: 4.71 out of 51,015 votes, average: 4.71 out of 51,015 votes, average: 4.71 out of 51,015 votes, average: 4.71 out of 51,015 votes, average: 4.71 out of 5
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  • A robot that eats pollution | Jonathan Rossiter

    Meet the “Row-bot,” a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots.

    CONKMarch 16, 2017
    1,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 5
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  • Don’t fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

    New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don’t need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we’ll teach, not program, them to share our values.

    CONKMarch 14, 2017
    2,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 5
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  • New nanotech to detect cancer early | Joshua Smith

    What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology “cancer alarm” that scans for traces of disease in the form of special biomarkers called exosomes.

    CONKMarch 2, 2017
    977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5
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  • The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti

    What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves.

    CONKMarch 1, 2017
    2,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5
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  • What time is it on Mars? | Nagin Cox

    Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United States’ rovers on Mars. But working a 9-to-5 on another planet — whose day is 40 minutes longer than Earth’s — has particular, often comical challenges.

    CONKFebruary 25, 2017
    1,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5
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  • Art made of the air we breathe | Emily Parsons-Lord

    Emily Parsons-Lord re-creates air from distinct moments in Earth’s history — from the clean, fresh-tasting air of the Carboniferous period to the soda-water air of the Great Dying to the heavy, toxic air of the future we’re creating.

    CONKFebruary 9, 2017
    679 votes, average: 3.96 out of 5679 votes, average: 3.96 out of 5679 votes, average: 3.96 out of 5679 votes, average: 3.96 out of 5679 votes, average: 3.96 out of 5
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