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Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade. Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next.
Imagine sitting in an audience of one thousand people, a large majority of which have names such as Peter Gabriel, Bill Clinton, or Bono. A simple stage with a screen and some Macs awaits the next 18-minute speech from the likes of Al Gore (who did not actually invent the internet) or Larry Page from Google (who actually did reinvent it.) At the end of a long day of speeches, you wander the halls discussing things like poverty in Africa with attendees such as famed linguist Steven Pinker, one of the members of Pilobolus, or maybe Cameron Diaz.
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So, what is TED ? And, more important, why should I care? For 22 years, Ted was a conference, an exclusive ideas forum where the great and the good came to hear Al Gore talk about climate change and Bill Gates about computing, right up until four years ago, when TED Talks was launched online and promptly became an internet sensation. It's a bit like YouTube, but instead of featuring cats falling into lavatories, it has short, cutting-edge talks by the world's leading neuroscientists, behavioural economists, video artists, philosophers, particle physicists, rocket scientists, endurance athletes, Aids researchers… you name it, it's been at TED. What TED does is seek out the most interesting, unusual and potentially groundbreaking ideas on Earth and then provide a platform to share them with the world. At the heart of it all are the conferences.
After he delivered a well-received talk on income inequality at the TED University conference on March 1st, multimillionaire investor and Amazon.com early adopter Nick Hanauer was all-but-assured by organizers that his talk would be published on the TED website. That never happened. Instead, he was informed earlier this month that his talk was "too political" for the nonpartisan nonprofit to seemingly endorse by making it available for public consumption. The sticking point appears to be Hanauer assertion that "rich businesspeople like me don't create jobs," but rather it's the middle class consumers who fuel business growth and subsequent job creation by spending their hard earned money on stuff. According to Hanauer, it follows from this, then, that "taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich."
There was a bit of a scandal last week when it was reported that a TED Talk on income equality had been censored . That turned out to be not quite the entire story. Nick Hanauer, a venture capitalist with a book out on income inequality, was invited to speak at a TED function. He spoke for a few minutes, making the argument that rich people like himself are not in fact job creators and that they should be taxed at a higher rate. The talk seemed reasonably well-received by the audience, but TED “curator” Chris Anderson told Hanauer that it would not be featured on TED’s site, in part because the audience response was mixed but also because it was too political and this was an “election year.”
TED ( Technology, Entertainment and Design ) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading." TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. [ 1 ] The annual conference began in 1990, in Monterey, California . [ 4 ] TED's early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its origins in the Silicon Valley . The TED main conference is held annually in Long Beach , and its companion TEDActive is held in Palm Springs . Both conferences will move from Long Beach and Palm Springs to Vancouver and Whistler , respectively, in 2014. [ 5 ] TED events are also held throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. [ 6 ] The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.
The following is a partial list of people who have spoken or otherwise presented at the TED Conference , [ 1 ] or have presented at TED Partner conferences. A more complete list of talks can be found in online spreadsheets. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ edit ] A
The TED Prize is awarded to an extraordinary individual with a creative and bold vision to spark global change. By leveraging the TED community’s resources and investing $1 million dollars into a powerful idea, the TED Prize supports one wish to inspire the world. Previous Latest News Announcing: 2014 TED Prize Nominations are Open! Our TED Prize winner will have an ambitious wish -- and the vision, pragmatism and leadership to turn it into reality. Make a wish and nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations close on May 31, 2013 at 11:59pm ET.
Richard Saul Wurman (March 26, 1935) is an American architect and graphic designer who coined the phrase 'Information Architecture' and is considered to be a pioneer in the practice of making information easily understandable. Wurman has written and designed over 83 books, and created the TED conference , as well as the EG conference, TEDMED and the WWW suite of gatherings, now in development. [ edit ] Early life and education Described by Fortune magazine as an “intellectual hedonist” with a “hummingbird mind,” Richard Saul Wurman has always sought ways to make the complex clear. He has written, designed and published 83 books on topic ranging from football to healthcare, to city guides, but he likes to say that they all spring from the same place – his ignorance.
Chris Anderson 2007 Chris Anderson (born 1957) is the curator of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which hosts conferences in the US and Europe each year and an open-access website where TED talks can be viewed by the public. Previously he founded Future Publishing .