Category Archives: TEDGlobal 2010

TEDGlobal: Heribert Watzke – We cook therefore we are

Heribert Watzke isn’t a real popular guy with the raw foods crowd, I suspect. He theorizes that humans aren’t omnivores, but coctivors – we are the animals that eat cooked food. He asks us to smile at each other, and … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Gero Miessenbck wants to control our brains

Gero Miessenbck tells us he has a dopplegander – Dr. Gero from Dragonball Z. This sinister character has his skull removed and can control things with his brain. And Miessenbck believes we can control the brain through light. But that’s … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Peter Eigen and global transparency

Peter Eigen, the founder of Transparency International, warns us that our governance systems are failing us in the face of a globalized economy. We can see evidence of this failing governance: billions of poor, hungry, people without access to sanitation. … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Auret Van Heerden and bringing human rights into the global supply chain

Auret Van Heerden of the Fair Labor Association holds up a cellphone and tells us that the phone started its life with artisinal mines, run by gangs and staffed by slaves in the Congo. It was built in a factory … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Jessica Jackley’s new project, Profounder

Apologies for missing much of the morning. I gave a lecture in my friend Munro Price’s program at the Annenberg Summer program in Oxford. I’ll be missing some more talks this afternoon as well, getting ready for my afternoon talk… … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Transforming voting, and education

David Bismark has a very clever idea for making elections more transparent and verifiable. He explains that elections are incredibly hard to carry out – “running a country wide election is messy and bad things happen.” To make sure as … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Growing away from styrofoam

Anne Quito tells us that she discovered a Warhol – a signed screen print – which she’d walked past in her office for seven years without noticing it. Discovering this for her was subtle, but epic. She works in an … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Tan Le reads our minds and moves our robots

Vietnamese/Australian entrepreneur Tan Le tells us that our communications with machines have always involved explicit commands. Human communication is much more subtle – we communicate expressively, through our faces, bodies, etc. Her project – and her company, Emotiv – is … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Neil Gershenfeld promises us a replicator

The final session of day 2 at TEDGlobal 2010, Different by Design, starts with a strange, ethereal multimedia performance by Miwa Matreyek. Using animations, music, and her body, we move through a world that looks like a child’s picturebook come … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: John Hardy’s Green School

John Hardy tells us he grew up in a small village in Canada as an undiagnosed dyslexic. He was the little kid in the village who cried each day on the way to school. At 25, he ran away to … Continue reading

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