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  • 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
  • How your pictures can help reclaim lost history | Chance Coughenour

    Digital archaeologist Chance Coughenour is using pictures — your pictures — to reclaim antiquities that have been lost to conflict and disaster. After crowdsourcing photographs of destroyed monuments, museums and artifacts, Coughenour uses advanced technology called photogrammetry to create 3D reconstructions, preserving the memory of our global, shared, human heritage.

    CONKSeptember 15, 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
  • The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O’Neil

    Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more — but they don’t automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful: “weapons of math destruction.” Learn more about the hidden agendas behind the formulas.

    CONKSeptember 8, 2017
  • How to build a company where the best ideas win | Ray Dalio

    Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think — even calling out the boss is fair game.

    CONKSeptember 7, 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
  • How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives | Tom Gruber

    How smart can our machines make us? Tom Gruber, co-creator of Siri, wants to make “humanistic AI” that augments and collaborates with us instead of competing with (or replacing) us. He shares his vision for a future where AI helps us achieve superhuman performance in perception, creativity and cognitive function — from turbocharging our design skills to helping us remember everything we’ve ever read and the name of everyone we’ve ever met.

    CONKAugust 22, 2017
  • How computers learn to recognize objects instantly | Joseph Redmon

    Ten years ago, researchers thought that getting a computer to tell the difference between a cat and a dog would be almost impossible. Today, computer vision systems do it with greater than 99 percent accuracy.

    CONKAugust 19, 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
  • Why our screens make us less happy | Adam Alter

    What are our screens and devices doing to us? Psychologist Adam Alter has spent the last five years studying how much time screens steal from us and how they’re getting away with it.

    CONKAugust 2, 2017
  • The manipulative tricks tech companies use to capture your attention | Tristan Harris

    A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they’re all competing for one thing: your attention.

    CONKJuly 29, 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
  • What happens in your brain when you pay attention? | Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar

    Attention isn’t just about what we focus on — it’s also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used to treat ADHD and help those who have lost the ability to communicate.

    CONKJuly 13, 2017
  • No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

    Illness is universal — but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how community health workers learn vital skills, creating jobs along the way.

    CONKJune 23, 2017
  • A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff

    Where did Zika come from, and what can we do about it? Molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff takes us around the world to understand Zika’s origins and how it spread, proposing a controversial way to stop the virus — and other deadly diseases — by preventing infected mosquitoes from multiplying.

    CONKJune 16, 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