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  • Future tech will give you the benefits of city life anywhere | Julio Gil

    Don’t believe predictions that say the future is trending towards city living. Urbanization is actually reaching the end of its cycle, says logistics expert Julio Gil, and soon more people will be choosing to live (and work) in the countryside, thanks to rapid advances in augmented reality, autonomous delivery, off-the-grid energy and other technologies.

    CONKOctober 17, 2017
  • How a video game might help us build better cities | Karoliina Korppoo

    With more than half of the world population living in cities, one thing is undeniable: we are an urban species. Part game, part urban planning sketching tool, “Cities: Skylines” encourages people to use their creativity and self-expression to rethink the cities of tomorrow.

    CONKOctober 11, 2017
  • What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish | Radhika Nagpal

    Science fiction visions of the future show us AI built to replicate our way of thinking — but what if we modeled it instead on the other kinds of intelligence found in nature?

    CONKOctober 7, 2017
  • Would you live in a floating city in the sky? (with English subtitles) | Tomás Saraceno

    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk — click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) In a mind-bending talk that blurs the line between science and art, Tomás Saraceno exhibits a series of air-inspired sculptures and installations designed to usher in a new era of sustainability, the “Aerocene.” Check out more TED Talks: 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).

    CONKSeptember 21, 2017
  • A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde

    Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs. He presents his latest projects — from the sidewalks of Amsterdam, where he reinterpreted “The Starry Night” to get people thinking about green energy, to Beijing, where he developed a smog vacuum cleaner to purify the air in local parks, to a dance floor that generates electricity to power a DJ booth.

    CONKSeptember 20, 2017
  • What would happen if we upload our brains to computers? | Robin Hanson

    Economist and social scientist Robin Hanson describes a possible future when ems take over the global economy, running on superfast computers and copying themselves to multitask, leaving humans with only one choice: to retire, forever.

    CONKSeptember 10, 2017
  • 7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe

    More than half of the world’s population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness.

    CONKSeptember 1, 2017
  • Meet the microscopic life in your home — and on your face | Anne Madden

    Behold the microscopic jungle in and around you: tiny organisms living on your cheeks, under your sofa and in the soil in your backyard. We have an adversarial relationship with these microbes — we sanitize, exterminate and disinfect them — but according to microbiologist Anne Madden, they’re sources of new technologies and medicines waiting to be discovered.

    CONKAugust 25, 2017
  • Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert

    That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Join Raibert for a live demo of SpotMini, a nimble robot that maps the space around it, handles objects, climbs stairs — and could soon be helping you out around the house.

    CONKAugust 15, 2017
  • Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? | Kate Marvel

    Climate change is real, case closed. But there’s still a lot we don’t understand about it, and the more we know the better chance we have to slow it down. One still-unknown factor: How might clouds play a part?

    CONKAugust 1, 2017
  • How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

    It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism — all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. “Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?” asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

    CONKJuly 27, 2017
  • Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain

    Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we’re creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determines our health care?

    CONKJuly 21, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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