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All posts tagged "TEDTalks"

  • How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte

    It’s been a weird 100 years for artists and creators, says musician and entrepreneur Jack Conte. With Patreon, Conte has created a way for artists on the internet to get paid by their fans.

    CONKAugust 31, 2017
  • How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi

    Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It’s because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems.

    CONKAugust 30, 2017
  • Courage is contagious | Damon Davis

    When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community.

    CONKAugust 29, 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
  • Let’s end ageism | Ashton Applewhite

    It’s not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It’s ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves — and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice.

    CONKAugust 24, 2017
  • How your brain decides what is beautiful | Anjan Chatterjee

    Anjan Chatterjee uses tools from evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study one of nature’s most captivating concepts: beauty. Learn more about the science behind why certain configurations of line, color and form excite us in this fascinating, deep look inside your brain.

    CONKAugust 23, 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
  • The stories behind The New Yorker’s iconic covers | Françoise Mouly

    Meet Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker’s art director. For the past 24 years, she’s helped decide what appears on the magazine’s famous cover, from the black-on-black depiction of the Twin Towers the week after 9/11 to a recent, Russia-influenced riff on the magazine’s mascot, Eustace Tilley.

    CONKAugust 18, 2017
  • What six years in captivity taught me about fear and faith (English subtitles) | Ingrid Betancourt

    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk — click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) In 2002, the Colombian guerrilla movement known as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt in the middle of her presidential campaign.

    CONKAugust 17, 2017
  • Can art amend history? | Titus Kaphar

    Artist Titus Kaphar makes paintings and sculptures that wrestle with the struggles of the past while speaking to the diversity and advances of the present. In an unforgettable live workshop, Kaphar takes a brush full of white paint to a replica of a 17th-century Frans Hals painting, obscuring parts of the composition and bringing its hidden story into view.

    CONKAugust 16, 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 I still have hope for coral reefs | Kristen Marhaver

    Corals in the Pacific Ocean have been dying at an alarming rate, particularly from bleaching brought on by increased water temperatures. But it’s not too late to act, says TED Fellow Kristen Marhaver.

    CONKAugust 12, 2017
  • You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David Baron

    On August 21, 2017, the moon’s shadow will race from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a total solar eclipse.

    CONKAugust 11, 2017
  • You smell with your body, not just your nose | Jennifer Pluznick

    Do your kidneys have a sense of smell? In this quick talk (filled with weird facts), physiologist Jennifer Pluznick explains why they’re there and what they do. 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).

    CONKAugust 10, 2017
  • A simple new blood test that can catch cancer early | Jimmy Lin

    Jimmy Lin is developing technologies to catch cancer months to years before current methods. He shares a breakthrough technique that looks for small signals of cancer’s presence via a simple blood test, detecting the recurrence of some forms of the disease 100 days earlier than traditional methods.

    CONKAugust 9, 2017
  • How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace Kim

    Loneliness doesn’t always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us — and it’s often the result of the homes we live in.

    CONKAugust 8, 2017
  • Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah Feldman

    The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early days of the republic, when a dispute between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison led the two Founding Fathers to cut ties and form the country’s first political parties.

    CONKAugust 5, 2017