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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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  • A young inventor’s plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

    From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam — none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful.

    CONKApril 19, 2017
    1,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 51,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 51,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 51,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 51,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 5
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  • Lifelike simulations that make real-life surgery safer | Peter Weinstock

    Think: “Operate twice, cut once.” Glimpse the future of surgery in this forward-thinking talk. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less).

    CONKApril 12, 2017
    1,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,048 votes, average: 4.93 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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  • Adventures of an asteroid hunter | Carrie Nugent

    TED Fellow Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter — part of a group of scientists working to discover and catalog our oldest and most numerous cosmic neighbors. Why keep an eye out for asteroids?

    CONKApril 5, 2017
    781 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5781 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5781 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5781 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5781 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5
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  • How I’m fighting bias in algorithms | Joy Buolamwini

    MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial analysis software when she noticed a problem: the software didn’t detect her face — because the people who coded the algorithm hadn’t taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial structures.

    CONKMarch 30, 2017
    1,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 5
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  • Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology | Ani Liu

    What if you could take a smell selfie, a smelfie? What if you had a lipstick that caused plants to grow where you kiss? Ani Liu explores the intersection of technology and sensory perception, and her work is wedged somewhere between science, design and art.

    CONKMarch 18, 2017
    685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5
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  • How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff

    Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

    CONKMarch 17, 2017
    1,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 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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  • 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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  • Help discover ancient ruins — before it’s too late | Sarah Parcak

    Sarah Parcak uses satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth to uncover hidden ancient treasures buried beneath our feet. There’s a lot to discover; in the Egyptian Delta alone, Parcak estimates we’ve excavated less than a thousandth of one percent of what’s out there.

    CONKFebruary 21, 2017
    887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5
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  • Will automation take away all our jobs? | David Autor

    Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years.

    CONKFebruary 7, 2017
    1,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 51,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 51,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 51,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 51,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 5
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  • Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet | Dan Bricklin

    Join the software engineer and computing legend as he explores the tangled web of first jobs, daydreams and homework problems that led to his transformational invention.

    CONKFebruary 2, 2017
    1,293 votes, average: 4.95 out of 51,293 votes, average: 4.95 out of 51,293 votes, average: 4.95 out of 51,293 votes, average: 4.95 out of 51,293 votes, average: 4.95 out of 5
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  • The next step in nanotechnology | George Tulevski

    Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can’t get any smaller?

    CONKFebruary 1, 2017
    1,587 votes, average: 4.79 out of 51,587 votes, average: 4.79 out of 51,587 votes, average: 4.79 out of 51,587 votes, average: 4.79 out of 51,587 votes, average: 4.79 out of 5
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  • The world doesn’t need more nuclear weapons | Erika Gregory

    Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We don’t need more nuclear weapons; we need a new generation to face the unfinished challenge of disarmament started decades ago.

    CONKJanuary 26, 2017
    1,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 51,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 51,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 51,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 51,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 5
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  • Why Earth may someday look like Mars | Anjali Tripathi

    Every minute, 400 pounds of hydrogen and almost 7 pounds of helium escape from Earth’s atmosphere into outer space. Astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi studies the phenomenon of atmospheric escape, and in this fascinating and accessible talk, she considers how this process might one day (a few billion years from now) turn our blue planet red.

    CONKJanuary 20, 2017
    1,270 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,270 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,270 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,270 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,270 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
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