Want to be happy? SLOW DOWN In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully. An edited version of the conversation, moderated by TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz, follows.
Your meat addiction is destroying the planet “Jesus,” Molly said, her own plate empty, “gimme that. You know what this costs?” She took his plate. Fiction: The most useful class you’ll take in college is not science, math or economics The US Open begins today (Aug. 31), and Serena Williams has a chance to make tennis history. A win would put her at 22 career Grand Slam titles, tying Steffi Graf for second most, behind only Margaret Court. Her skill prompts arguments that she is the sport’s greatest female player of all-time, and currently the most dominant US athlete, of any sex or sport. Katrina Adams, the president of the US Tennis Association, recently opined that Williams is the greatest athlete ever—period.
The architecture of death: why TED Fellow Alison Killing wants to rethink building for dying Alison Killing thinks a lot about death … and specifically, how its ubiquitous, hidden presence shapes our cities. In Death in Venice, her June 2014 exhibition on the topic, Killing mapped London’s death-associated architectural features — hospitals, cemeteries, crematoria, and so on — making visible the invisible mechanics of death and dying. She asks us to consider: What might a good death experience mean today? And how can we design differently for the dying, as well as those caring for them? Here, the Netherlands-based British architect and urban designer, who specializes in humanitarian architecture, talks about how the project has challenged her own perception of death, and how she plans to make space for better dying.
Space for Kids - Earth - The Threat of Melting Ice About 20,000 years ago, much of Europe, Asia, North and South America was covered by huge sheets of ice, each many kilometres thick. Since then, the ice has gradually melted and the ice sheets have retreated. Today, the only ice sheets on Earth’s land masses are found in Antarctica and Greenland. Get OpenData: Harvesting and Analyzing Tweets Twitter is a fabulous source for information. Whenever something is happening, people around the world start tweeting away. Often they include hashtags, allowing us to selectively search for tweets about a certain event or thing. Many twitter users also engage in conversations, and looking at these conversations allows us to identify leaders and frequent actors. In this lesson, we will look how to harvest tweets from Twitter using ScraperWiki and how to analyse them using social network analysis and software called Gephi. What you will need
The best demos at TED Culture The Best Props at TED TED2013, “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered,” begins in just 20 days and we at the TED Blog are gearing up to bring you live reporting on each of the 70 speakers who’ll be ascending the stage, not to mention assorted news from the scene in Long Beach, California. One thing we hope to see […]
The clearest proof we’ll ever get that our planet is falling apart Every once in a while, a chart or statistic or image comes along that reminds us, all over again, why it is that this global warming thing is so terrifying. This week, it was those darn walruses, who — after a summer when Arctic sea ice was at its sixth-lowest level on record — mobbed an Alaska beach in the largest such haul-out ever observed there. Salon was on the story. So, too, was pretty much everyone else who writes about climate issues, and we were all trying to get across the same basic idea: Those 35,000 walruses with nowhere else to go are climate change. Technology Leaders Unite Around ‘Open Data Platform’ to Increase Enterprise Adoption of Apache Hadoop® and Big Data GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, SAS, and Altiscale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, EMC, Teradata, Splunk, Verizon and VMware join forces to drive collaboration, innovation, and standardization across big data technologies San Francisco, Calif., February 17, 2015 – Industry leaders in the big data space, including Platinum members GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, SAS, a large international telecommunications firm, and Gold members Altiscale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, EMC, Splunk, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Teradata, and VMware today announced their intent to create an industry association, identified as the Open Data Platform (“ODP”). The Open Data Platform will promote big data technologies based on open source software from the Apache Hadoop® ecosystem and optimize testing among and across the ecosystem’s vendors. These efforts will accelerate the ability of enterprises to build or implement data-driven applications.
25+ apps that the TED staff swears make their everyday lives easier At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some great apps that might help you too. (A star denotes that the app is free, or at least has a free version.)
Decline in snowpack shows Calif. will have to manage its water differently LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, California workers poked hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. They did not find much. “We will conceivably see more years like this in the future,” said Jeffrey Mount, a geologist with the Public Policy Institute of California. The Earth has been getting warmer, scientists say, and the climate is expected to keep getting warmer. Many scientists blame humans. When we burn fossil fuels like gas, oil or coal it releases gasses known as greenhouse gasses.
Urban Opus Datahub A Data Brokerage for the Future of Cities Urban Opus will feature a federated data hub that provides data storage and federates existing data sources to provide a single on-line presence and point of access for Urban Opus projects and partner data sets. It will support for both real time and static data, support and visualizations, city data analysis with urban informatics, and easy to use application programming interface (API) and app framework for rapid application development. Click here to to visit the Urban Opus Datahub demo! KEYWORDS: data hub, open data, citizen data, federated data, brokerage, visualization, analyticsAUDIENCE: Urban Opus application developers and partner organizationsPARTNER/HOST: Core platform and service hosted by Urban OpusPARTICIPANTS: Governments, NGOs, corporations, utilities, organizations, citizens groupsPROJECT LEAD: TBD (currently Mike Blackstock, Urban Opus)PROJECT STATUS: Development & implementation underway
The Church of TED Photo CHANCES are you will not attend TED this year. Tickets to the gathering that begins Monday in Vancouver are sold out, this despite or rather because of the fact that gaining entry to the ideas conference entails more than pulling out your credit card. There’s a velvet rope of an application process, and questions to answer: “How would a friend describe your accomplishments?” “What are you passionate about?” Two references have to vouch for you.