Monthly Archives: February 2008

TED2008: Chris Abani – Forgetting their names

Chris Abani wasn’t the last speaker of the day, but he kicks so much ass, I’m blogging him last. Chris Anderson introduces him, saying, “Ten minutes into the student production Abani was participating in, the soldiers came in. They gave … Continue reading

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TED2008: Ben Zander and one buttock playing

Ben Zander is introduced as the conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra – he corrects Chris twice. He’s the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, and you get the sense that people mix the two up a lot. (I heard him … Continue reading

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TED2008: The flashbulb moment

David Griffin is the director of photography for National Geographic magazine. To talk about the power of images, he shows us some of the best photojournalistic images published in National Geographic. Of twelve images, including Steve McCurry’s famous photo of … Continue reading

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TED2008: Helen Fisher and the origins of love

Anthropologist Helen Fisher is always a popular speaker – she appeared at TED two years ago, speaking about her research on the brain functions associated with love. Her talks alternate between MRI images and long quotes from romantic poetry. She’s … Continue reading

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TED2008: Narratives and questions

Historian Walter Isaacson, the president of Aspen Institute, wonders what the future of narrative will bring. He points out that narrative has gotten the short end of the stick lately – people complain that narratives are “imposed” on facts. He … Continue reading

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TED2008: The future of the car

We get two quick talks on the future of automobiles. Felix Kramer fom Calcars.org shows off his amazing hacked vehicle, a Toyota Prius that’s been modified to plug into 120 volt power. For short commutes, the electric power provides all … Continue reading

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TED2008: Sue Goldie and the cost of health

Chris Anderson knows better than to screw around with MacArthur “genius grant” winner Sue Goldie – she’s a third degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do. She gives us some of her life story – the child of a young teen … Continue reading

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TED2008: Peter Schwartz – Everything’s gonna be alright

Chris Anderson – the other one, the guy who edits Wired Magazine and wrote The Long Tail – takes the stage with a misbehaving mini-blimp. It’s the latest iteration of “the minimum UAV project”. UAV is “unmanned aerial vehicle”, and … Continue reading

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TED2008: Don’t be a turkey

We’re not the only bloggers working here at blogger alley. There’s a team from Perceptive Pixel and from Autodesk, who’ve got a gorgeous multitouch display. They’re filling it with computer-generated sketches, summarizing these sessions. It’s a lovely interface and I’m … Continue reading

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TED2008: Richard Preston – Go Climb a Tree

Richard Preston, the author of the best-selling The Hot Zone, has a thing for redwood trees. It’s easy to understand the attraction. The sequoias found in the temparate rain forest of the north coast of California, are the tallest living … Continue reading

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