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TEDFest brings 500 TEDx organizers under one roof


This week, TEDx has transformed St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn into a giant TED2017 watch party. This is TEDFest, a week for TEDx’ers to meet, share tips and tricks, and take in big ideas on the big screen. TEDFest kicked off Monday night with a welcome party at The Park, a greenery-filled space under the High []
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In Case You Missed It: Big moments from day two of TED2017


On day two of TED2017, three sessions of talks — one on Our Robot Overlords, the next on The Human Response and the final on Health, Life and Love. Below, some key moments from it all. A TED Talk from ….  the Pope. For weeks, we’ve teased a “surprise guest” on the program, a mysterious “world []
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Health, life, love: The talks of Session 4 of TED2017


Session 4 of TED2017 kicked off with an interview with perhaps the greatest athlete of all time, Serena Williams, and closed with the potentially world-changing announcement of this year’s TED Prize wish from Raj Panjabi. In between, the session saw a surprise talk directly from the Vatican by His Holiness Pope Francis — the culmination of []
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How we’ll get health care to the billion people who lack it: Raj Panjabi reveals his TED Prize wish


Raj Panjabi was your typical science- and soccer-loving 4th grader in Monrovia, Liberia. But when a brutal civil war erupted in the country, normal life was upended. On the TED2017 stage, Panjabi recalls his mother knocking on his door, telling him to pack his things. They had to flee. And one image from that day has []
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The making of His Holiness Pope Francis’s TED Talk


On Tuesday night, we published a very special TED Talk, recorded for TED2017 by His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City. In it, His Holiness comments on the state of the world as we find it today and shares some ideas on how we can find hope for the future in togetherness. A talk of this []
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Found Sound Nation: Making music together at TED2017


Our friends at Found Sound Nation made this great 3-minute video to show us what’s going on at TED2017 this week — a collaborative music-making experience. If you’re here, stop by, and if you’re watching online … check back in on Friday to hear what people made. Credits: Found Sound Nation: Jeremy Thal Christopher Marianetti []
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“Winning for me is super addictive”: 7 questions with Serena Williams at TED2017


Serena Williams starts her interview on the TED2017 stage with a confession to journalist Gayle King: the photo that let the world know she was pregnant? She posted it by accident. “I was on vacation, taking time for myself, and I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking a picture every week,” []
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The human response: The talks of Session 3 of TED2017


The world is changing faster than ever, bringing with it brand-new problems, while our most persistent troubles — like poverty and health — haven’t gone anywhere. One thing has become abundantly clear: our machines aren’t going to save us; people are. How do we respond to problems new and old with humanity and dignity? In the []
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How we’ll face a fundamental threat to the market economy: Martin Ford at TED2017


Two hundred years ago, the Luddites rebelled against weaving technology. In 1964, US President Lyndon B. Johnson received “The Triple Revolution” memo that laid out the threat of job displacement due to automation. We’ve been concerned about technology displacing humans for a long time, says futurist Martin Ford. And that’s had a strange effect on us. “Because of []
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Our robotic overlords: The talks of Session 2 of TED2017


Are machines going to save or destroy us? It’s a question we’ve been grappling with since we first put 1s and 0s together to create computer code. And it feels like we’re no closer to answering it; machines are growing smarter by the day, and while they’re taking us to places we’ve never imagined, we []
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Harnessing the intelligence of the collective: Radhika Nagpal speaks at TED2017


Computer scientist Radhika Nagpal’s defining moment came on a snorkeling trip in the Bahamas. As she stuck her head beneath the surface, trying hard to breathe through the narrow plastic tube, she saw a huge school of yellow-and-black striped fish. She was struck by how the school swerved to change direction not as if it []
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One move ahead: The talks of Session 1 of TED2017


TED2017 begins with a manifesto: “We will not sleepwalk into a future of dread. Instead we will pursue: courage, deep human connection, imagination, thrilling possibility, understanding. The Future You is yet to be written. Let’s write it together.” In a comprehensive opening session hosted by TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson, and streamed live to 800 []
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In Case You Missed It: The big ideas from day 1 of TED2017


The first day of TED2017 brought two sessions of talks from TED Fellows and an opening session broadcast live in movie theaters. Below, some of the themes heard today that we just can’t get out of our minds. A closer look at our relationship to technology. Huang Yi danced with a robot. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov []
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Facing the future without fear, together: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speaks at TED2017


“These are the times that try men’s souls, and they’re trying ours now,” begins Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, quoting Thomas Paine, in an electrifying talk about how we can face the future without fear if we face it together. It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and a growth of []
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“Machines have objectivity, humans have passion”: Garry Kasparov speaks at TED2017


As people worry about the growing power of computers, the first soldier in the human-machine battle is here with a reassuring message: “This is excellent, excellent news,” says Garry Kasparov, regarded by many as the greatest chess player in history. In 1997, Kasparov very memorably lost a match to IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue. (“Nobody remembers that I won []
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TED + Logitech: Announcing the Spotlight Presentation Academy


Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is one of our best-known fears. Depending on who you ask or what study you consult, more people fear public speaking than death, snakes, heights and just about anything else. We’re very familiar with this fear at TED — and we have a not-so-hidden secret approach to overcoming []
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Why we must question the truth: Laura Galante speaks at TED2017


Accounts of hacking and leaks populated our newsfeeds in 2016 — most notably, the compromise of the US Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks by Russian government hackers that fueled suspicion of a rigged nomination process. While the US voting public ate up the insider gossip and emails that the hack revealed, the bigger question went []
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Storytellers and scientists: Notes from TED Fellows Session 2 at TED2017


On the morning of TED2017’s first day, our TED Fellows continue to blow minds in session 2 of the TED Fellows Talks — including a science demo featuring carnivorous plants, some gorgeous cultural mashups, and an introduction to the fish who won evolution. Do plants have brains? Well, no, but they’re certainly not dumb. And, []
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Imagine the future of ourselves: Notes from TED Fellows Session 1 at TED2017


This morning, we kick off TED2017 in the new Community Theater with a program of fresh ideas, music and dance from the TED2017 Fellows and Senior Fellows. These Fellows are change-makers from many fields — design, tech, education, business, science and many more — offering a peek at the future us. Stanford Thompson opens the TED Fellows sessions, performing the Shaker []
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Gallery: Who won the evolutionary race in our oceans?


TED Fellow Lauren Sallan is a paleobiologist who analyzes “big data” — the fossil record — to study large-scale evolution. As she says: “I want to know why some fishes win and others lose.” Here’s the story of her talk, in amazing work from illustrator and animator Dennis Moore.    
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