In 2014 I secured a license to privately screen a simulcast of the TED Conference from Vancouver, in my home. Here are a few highlights:
“We Need Hackers”
Edward Snowden (NSA Whistle-blower, and at the time one of the most “wanted” people in the world), transmitted live via encrypted channels
Richard Ledgett, Deputy Director, NSA, discussing Edward Snowden
In the past, people might just be described as “athletic”, but now the bodies of athletes are becoming more highly specialized for the one competition in which they specialize.
Audience at TED2014
Seth Godin, Marketing Guru
Ray Kurzweil, leader in Artificial Intelligence, Optical Character Recognition, Speech Synthesis, and Longevity
Ants communicate via “anternet”, which is surprisingly analagous to our “internet”
“every circle contains 10 million galaxies”
Showing a model of a very low-cost, tiny satellite
The tiny satellite in his hand costs less than .001% as much as the big one in the picture – but they serve a similar function (photographing the surface of the earth)
A large number of cheap satellites can provide information which is more up-to-date than what we currently have, from a small number of expensive ones.
X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis, with TED Curator Chris Anderson
Nicholas Negroponte, founder of MIT Media Lab
Creator of the typeface used in millions of phone books (“Bell Gothic”)
Up close, you can see how the typeface is actually missing parts — this is because the ink bleeds, so removing this bits results in a letter that’s correctly formed after it’s printed onto paper.
Showing some concepts for wearable computers and new fashions inspired by technology.
Famous wrong words about computers: “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”