LinkedIn update: “Richard Saul Wurman is now a connection”

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On June 5 Richard Saul Wurman posted my blog note on his facebook wall (helping my blog stats tremendously) and today he is my LinkedIn connection. 🙂 Is the person you are inspired by your LinkedIn connection? Should be! Feels really nice. 🙂 Hope to do good work together.

The Smithsonian National Design “Lifetime Achievement” Award goes to Richard Saul Wurman

Yesterday I got a few notes from Richard Saul Wurman. He made sure I know he got an award that made him really pleased.

Here is my edited letter to him (edited for the public eye):

Congratulations Richard upon your well deserved award! 🙂 “Lifetime Achievement” goes to Richard Saul Wurman. “Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt‘s National Design Awards“… Brilliant! Here is why You deserve it in my opinion:

 

I am sure you see that when You, Mr. Q Senior, started TED, you started many many possibilities for thousands of people on a global scale, unrelated to their immediate circumstances. You basically redesigned the invisible space between you, me, and people in other nations and on other continents. This is why you deserve every relevant award out there. It is all possible because you had a curious mind, an amazing breadth of view, and a special motivation for redesigning everything that you touch, in a way that it “becomes round” and “starts rolling” (e. g.: ready to roll when posted on the web). Thank you for existing and remaining curious! 🙂 Your embraced ignorance is a universal blessing, and we positively experience the function of your ego the size of The Large Hadron Collider. 🙂 We are happy particles spinning in it, and the energy is shaking up The World. Congratulations! Your “intelligent human design”, your hummingbird mind and your enormous network is the dynamic canvas of a global knowledge revolution.

Thank you for reinforcing your invitation to see your circles in person.

Ms. Q

Regina Saphier: The Wurman Project

When I wrote my last blog post discussing Mr. Wurman’s latest plans for a new kind of conference I did actually think in the back of my mind that he might just read it. So, it was not surprising that he in fact sent me a note via facebook very soon after I published my previous blog note. I was rather surprised by my intuition (even after so many intuitive events, you just never get used to knowing what might happen in your extended reality).

Meanwhile, I also thanked “my” government for having the stupid idea of possibly registering Hungarian bloggers. I never used a pseudonym on any of my blogs, I like to stand up for my opinion, but the idea that I would have to register my blog (that I started on a Hungarian server years ago) made me angry and I quickly moved my blog to wordpress in 2011 (I also changed my topic, instead of criticizing Hungary’s so called elite and writing critical essays, I started to focus on TED, mainly the major TED conferences). While all “freebloggers” in Hungary look like they do not exist in the world, when you have a WordPress blog, your global visibility changes (plus there is Facebook, if you have no blog but have an opinion). So, this is why I think that our government kind of scored an own goal, because the migration of Hungarian intellectuals from local servers to global ones made them really visible and that lead to even stronger international criticism. I like that. I think moving my blog abroad (to the US), changing the topic (to TED) and the language (to English) was the best idea (earlier I wrote in Hungarian and in English and about many different topics). I now have a global readership in English (earlier I had an international readership, mostly Hungarians knowing me due to my civic advocacy and media appearances).

But back to the Wurman Project.  I must tell you this: Richard Saul Wurman congratulated me and wrote that my blog is accurate. 🙂 After RSW expressed that he wishes to talk about my blog we got in touch via skype/phone. When the chat was over, I wrote this on my facebook wall: “I had a long phone chat with Richard Saul Wurman, father of TED, and I am happy. 🙂 Will be writing about the conversation on myTEDblog as soon as my blog note is completed. Do you know the feeling when a brilliant person e-mails you that he likes your blog (about the very phenomenon that his mind created) and wants to update you regarding some nuances? I have that feeling. :-)”

I am not the kind of person who idolizes people, but I am very enthusiastic about people who work with good ideas and are pleasantly crazy (I know it looks better from a distance, having that kind of crazy in my genes). He passed my crazy test, so to say. While we talk, I realize that I have an easy situation because he is in many ways like my talented father, so I feel like I have read the “manual”, but Richard is much more cooperative. I have no problem imagining his circumstances and the area he is living in, because I have been to Rhode Island (RI) and Newport, several times…

First, when I was 9, my father took my mother and me to visit his sister, who lived right next door to the Nayatt Point Lighthouse, in Barrington, Rhode Island. I had my first fresh oyster in Newport at age 9 (I did not know at that point that the second huge portion of memorable oysters is waiting for me in Paris, when the twenty something version of me gets invited by a Japanese friend… whom I met a few months earlier in Villefranche-sur-Mer… delicious lunch with a marvelous host in a wonderful Parisian restaurant… fond memories). 1981 was a major year in my life … my first time in the US (and my first time outside of Hungary)… two months on the East Coast, plus Canada… The second time in RI: when I studied at Columbia. The third time in RI: when I visited my childhood friend. I lived in New York for a while as a student, therefore I understand the Wurman couple’s decision that they moved to Rhode Island, and I also see why they would still feel isolated. There is a reason why their home turned into a “time and space gate” in the middle of boring and posh Newport. Just look at the garden… as if space aliens have landed several times on those circles that Richard appears to leave everywhere… like the red carpet on the TED stage… even if the carpet is not his design idea (it could be), it somehow reminds me of The Creator.

Richard has no problem with criticism, he goes ahead and criticizes himself, if you don’t. But if you do, he says that you are right, and explains how right you are. He welcomes opinion and he has his own too. He likes to say that he is rich enough, while he failed at many many things, and yes he is elitist, but it is all about the quality of ideas, and yes he is arrogant as many people keep saying, he says, but he is not taking himself too seriously. He apologizes for not being fluent as a skype user at 77. I keep expressing that humanity will probably forgive a talented man at 77 for not being a daily skype user. He is a completely approachable human by the way… so, I immediately start to run my diagnostic mental scan, and I see my inner list: AD(H)D, mild Asperger’s with high verbal aptitude, and some learning differences. But don’t take my diagnosis too seriously, because I think those terms will very soon be outdated when fMRIs and similar devices will become commonplace. Paper and pencil tests and psychologists magically giving you eclectic cocktails of DSM numbers will be a joke to look back on.

We speak about the TED story, that Chris Anderson banned Richard from the TED conferences after RSW announced that “TED is the greatest twentieth century conference”. Richard speaks highly of Chris’s achievements, but says that he feels it was really unnecessary and disrespectful to lock him out. Finally, we agree that as he put it, this is “a cock-fight”, and he is really tired of such things at his age.

In this video, Chris Anderson promises many things in 2002, as he takes over TED, the for profit creation of Richard Saul Wurman. Chris says, he is going to be “the custodian” of the conference. He refers to the Sapling Foundation, because the TED conference was turned into a non profit project under Chris’s leadership. Chris also mentions the global power the TEDsters in the room have… but little did Chris know about the possible global power of TED as an online phenomenon in the future we today live in. Now, that Chris banned Richard for his remark that TED is the greatest conference of the twentieth century, I have to say, I would not have banned Richard for his remarks, because he is probably talking about his own era. Truth is, for us, who witness the latest TED, even as the TED team is struggling with their own humanness and content, style and structure issues, for us who view these talks live online, it is a twenty first century conference in the making. But I noticed one major thing… when you look at the videos before the takeover, there is this sense of intimacy that I no longer feel in the new era… I think it would be a good idea to try to bring back that kind of intimate atmosphere in at least some of the TED conference sessions.

Richard told me, that he is “no do-gooder”… but man, you have no idea how much good you did with your “hummingbird mind” when you created the TED conference and when you decided to let go of it at the right time. In my humble opinion, the father of TED and the custodian of TED should: get a mediator, work out your differences, and revisit the topic of TED as a global human connector, educator and entertainer online, combined with the latest technologies, tools and possibilities. If Richard is able to admit that he was wrong about the TEDx events and in fact those events turned out to be wonderful, who knows perhaps Chris is able to admit that he was wrong about uninviting Richard from TED (and stop telling people not to fund his new conference).

But, if that is not an option, lets see what RSW is planning behind the scenes of The WWW Conference. TED was about short talks, WWW is about indulging in conversation (about one word titles that start with W) as long as Richard is able to pay attention. Nothing egocentric about that… Right? But the thing is, small egos never created anything singlehandedly in human history. Richard is not about pleasing the audience, he celebrates spontaneity and he feels blessed doing whatever he wants to do “since his mother gave him permission to cross the street by himself at the age of 11”. The sessions will be streamed to several locations (just like TEDMED), translated into 10-12 major languages and there will be B&W subtitles, plus an app with extra content. There is nothing yet that the TED conference could not do for you, because you know that Chris could interview people at any time… but here is a major difference: Flipboard and the synergy of information about the WWW guests and topics. There won’t be any press for the first conference but what about people who might live blog like me? I learn that there is no paid WWW conference team, that Richard is alone (as he was alone initially with TED and look what happened). So, if you wish to join Richard (who says that ignorance is his expertise, because he is aware of his ignorance) and help him build the new kind of synergistic mind meeting, just say so! The WWW Conference is still in the making!

Where the circles live, close to the Ocean:

The Wurman Home on Google Maps

The Wurman Home on Google Maps: https://maps.google.com/

After I congratulated upon his weight loss, I learn that his health is good. He also told me that his wife is not Hungarian, but rather she used to be married to a Hungarian man, and that Gloria and Richard have been to Hungary in 1990, right before our first free election. At the end of our conversation Richard offers me his books via mail and promises to give me a free web stream of The WWW Conference as (and if) it happens. I am able to see that he is promising facts and fiction, but lets hope the fiction becomes reality too.

I don’t know about you, but I like Richard Saul Wurman.

A relevant article in Hungarian from my old and eclectic blog:

http://kiblogozom.freeblog.hu/archives/2011/01/13/Prezi__TED/

RSW 77

Happy 77 to Richard Saul Wurman! 🙂 

Is TED in a content crisis?

For me, for a dyslexic, interested in online education, and not being a native English speaker, it is a nice challenge to live blog each event in English. In fact, after so many events, it is not even a challenge anymore…

My name is Regina Saphier, I am a senior TED blogger and TED talk translator living in Hungary (my native country). A few things about me: I lived in several countries, I graduated from Teachers College of Columbia University and I am dyslexic (as I like to say and shock people: I am unable to read, write and calculate properly, but still graduated from Columbia… imagine what I could do if I could read, write and calculate… if in doubt after my self deprecating line: I write my own blogs and I have no editor… I also write my own translations… and no, I do not have an IT manager, nor do I have a social media editor… I do all this alone as an online one woman show). When there is a major TED event, I am there for every minute online, because I prefer 2×4 TED days per year filled with 2×70 live talks instead of one post production talk every second day (besides not all TED conference talks get published).

I was surprised by my new feeling after the days of TED Long Beach 2012 passed. I mean I really enjoy 4 days of interesting ideas, but I noticed that there was no aha moment for me… no feeling of: this is the only place where I could hear, see, feel this. There was even the feeling that some sessions were awkward, like the dinner party… interesting and less interesting people sitting around a dinner ready table on stage, with nothing to eat. The first presentation was painful to watch in this session, and by a really smart person, Steven Pinker and his partner. It was rigid, rehearsed, unnatural, and very disappointing. If it ever makes it onto the TED site (only the best TED talks make it there), it is because it will be edited beyond recognition, with animations to hide the weakness of the talk (I love RSA animation, but in this case, animation can only be used to save the ideas in the talk). Also, I did not feel the necessity of the real bull on stage in a happy go lucky “interactive” presentation and was hoping for a real antique tapestry on the TED stage when the MET and exhibitions were narrated… no demo there. There were other problems, but in general the event was still enjoyable and interesting. However, after having seen 7 major TED events online (so, several hundred live TED talks, beyond the several hundred recorded TED videos), this was the first time that I had the feeling, the event was not outstanding.

I have the feeling that Chris and his TED team are getting a bit nervous about the competition on a market where they make millions of dollars with the TED conferences, and they are trying to reinvent the content, yet unsuccessfully. By the way, neither the free online videos, nor the live stream was Chris’s idea, in fact he was initially opposed to giving their content away for free (the stream is only free for diligent TED translators). I would like to thank the unknown person who suggested the free stream, and I think it was smart of Chris to support the idea in the end.

(Did you know that after Chris persuaded a group of investors to purchase the TED brand from Wurman for 14 million dollars, later, after the dot com collapse, he negotiated an exit deal with the group and his Sapling Foundation paid only 6 million dollars for the TED brand, in a second hand kind of deal. I am sure, he is not so worried about money… or is he? Ten years ago he has seen his first empire collapsing… that must have been traumatizing.)

I am actually so glad not having to mingle with the tech snobs in those conferences (no matter what you hear from others, I am an introvert and mingling is hard work for me, even if public speaking is something I enjoyed in the past), and it is really comfortable to view the live talks from my living room (I know, there is stream buffering, and I know that people in the theater see it a bit sooner, but that is ok). Now, I should not say all this online, not even as a senior TED talk translator and senior TED conference blogger, because even million dollar donors and even the inventor of the TED idea and brand, Mr. Wurman got uninvited from the TED conference (what a shame, but not unusual for Chris’s TED era), so you can easily get punished at TED when you speak your mind. I know, believe me, I got the silent treatment after I expressed my valid opinion regarding the management of volunteers… I got invited to and uninvited from TED Global in 2010 within a week and it was really not my fault… I am sure non of you would ask your conference guest’s sponsor to send a check to a complete stranger, another TED conference guest (another TED volunteer) living in the US, so that she could wire the money (my sponsor’s money and her own) together to TED in New York… dilettantism of a TED employee to ask something like that and think that she is being helpful. In turn the TED employee acted all hurt when I responded with a clear no and poinTED out that her conduct is unprofessional (I should know, because I have my NGO founder and director experience)… This mistake was never fixed by the TED team… First I was really angry, but later got over it thinking, I really don’t need snobs and ignorance in one package, even if it were offered at a volunteer discount and covered with TED’s world famous intellectual lobster sauce… an idea worth spreading… By the way, that particular telecommuting and flextime dilettante was paid 76 680 USD in 2010, and she is the fifth highest paid independent contractor of the Sapling Foundation. Picture that! Chris and his employees find it hard to deal with valid opinion… and he really only pretends to be egalitarian, extremely nice, or flexible. He is really elitist, selective, and (passive) aggressive… but if you did not spend a lot of time watching him, you would not immediately notice that the humble, kind facade hides a really insecure, driven, and snobbish human, who drinks a lot at TED parties. He is really intelligent in his own way, but he will never in his life be as original, as laid back, and as playful as Wurman is. Chris is the type who is primarily and largely using other people’s ideas to become successful (this is an important talent, indeed, you know, because humans use each others ideas, some more, some less, but we all do), but unfortunately uninvites them from their own invention. This is a sad thing, because Wurman might have been able to help reinvent TED again.

Wurman is the kind of man who says, f’ck you Chris, if you can not deal with my opinion and even publicly reject me as a person, I will create new conferences for my own entertainment and share it with anyone who pays for global simulcast events or for the related smart phone app. And he will! However, most people won’t receive Wurman’s conference content, he will create something super elitist again. Who will pay? The elite, the middle class, and the rest of the world won’t get anything. Chris is about structure within structure, available to anyone (the TED brand contains the restricted format talks that are shared), Wurman is about structure filled with elite improvisation (here is the brand, lets see what happens within, and you can also find out if you have the money).

Meanwhile, the world is getting more and more interested in new ideas, inspiration, role models, but even interactive conferences won’t solve the problems out there. People need to be more involved and global platforms for real life solutions are needed to utilize inspiration and interconnectedness. Chris thinks he wants to change the world (and earn a lot of money). Wurman wants to have intellectual fun (and earn a lot of money).

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While the brilliant boys are out fighting, I am thinking about the talks, the top speakers, the ideas, the connection of ideas, the technology that made this possible, and the people who made this technology possible, the diligent and enthusiastic volunteers, the sponsors, the donors, and it is clear, what Richard and Chris are doing for people is wonderful. Let’s hope their egos don’t get in the way. It would be useful if the speakers would also make available their key research articles via TED, for those who wish to go further (like me) but are typically not at US universities right now (many are, but most aren’t) where they are able to read any article for free. Let’s reinvent the TED slogan: inspiring and applicable ideas in depth worth spreading.

Also, we need global action community initiatives where people would be able to act upon their inspiration in cooperation with others. Basic written TED conversations on the TED site are limited and pointless in the long run. Talk talk talk… write, write, write… that alone is not going to take us much further. Actions will. I think supporting The City 2.0 is a good start, but why is it impossible to register on it for a week? How is it possible that a pro NGO with so many technology professionals in its network is unable to introduce a social media integrated partner website that actually works by the time it is exposed to the world? Having written dozens of suggestions to the TED team over the years… and not getting any results… well, for an enthusiastic and communicative volunteer there comes a point when she starts looking for more open minded organizations to support… I feel like I have done enough volunteering (especially for rigid and unresponsive multi million dollar foundations), no matter how useful my translations are for my own nation… and lets face it, my nation is not doing much for me (nothing really). The speakers are rewarded with extra PR, so I should not worry about them. I am looking forward to Wurman’s new conferences… But wait… at TED I am given free live conference stream for my several dozen TED translations… but who will translate the 50 minute Wurman conference discussions? TED has over 8000 enthusiastic open translation project volunteers… And that has to do with the fact that Wurman invented TED and Anderson made TED accessible. This is how most people will remember them 100 years from now.

Regina Saphier TED Long Beach 2012 Day 4

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Friday, March 2, 2012

8:30 – 10:15

Session 11: The Classroom

Hosted by Kelly Stoetzel and Rives

Bill loves sun dials, and he made sure one goes to Mars. Ainissa says kids have an inner scientist and we should concentrate on that instead of training them for tests. Adult John illustrated his middle class confused human teenager memoir story with dance and music. Al recommended that Americans replace the baseball lingo with pizza symbolism when they talk about sexuality to make it personal, desire based, non competitive, non sexist, non heterosexist and equally pleasurable to both sexes. Kate is a writer, she draws time lines when building new worlds and she asked kids to imagine the worst and best possible worlds. Angie does not want to be remembered as perfect. She asked us to record our real history and leave it behind for future generations, because if you do not do it, someone else might. Awele demonstrated participatory citizenship with a courageous black woman’s story who would not give up her bus seat and who changed history this way. Chris showed us a cute animation about his key question: How is it possible that we have not yet seen any sign of life beyond Earth? He asked us to stay curious and also announced that TED-ED will be open to teachers superb short lectures and will animate the best ones TED style, similar to TheRSA videos. Aaron showed us evidence that yes, evolution is real, like the FOXP2 gene, responsible for learning in birds, mice and humans. You can test natural selection, in a short period of time. Raef introduced his students who entertained us. 🙂

11:00 – 12:45

Session 12: The Moment

Hosted by Chris Anderson

Henrik presented his robotic self. Sebastian tested the idea of interactive TED talks. Cesar showed us his one second a day video narrative of his life. Leymah spoke about her wish for African girls to be able to go to school and not having to suffer. Jacob Soboroff asked: Why are Americans voting on Thursday since 1845? There is NO good reason, and there is now the weekend voter bill, that will hopefully change the day and increase voter turnout. A video followed, a Symphony of Science summary of the latest TED event. Brené spoke about her and our vulnerability.

English: Photo of Brene Brown

English: Photo of Brene Brown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She asked the audience: Do you believe that your vulnerability is weakness? Most raised their hands. Next she asked: Do you perceive the vulnerability of TED speakers as courage? Most again raised their hands. See? Vulnerability is NO weakness. Vulnerability is the most accurate measure of courage. Shame: I am a mistake (makes people depressed). Guilt: I made a mistake and then I admit it (this is adaptive behavior).

Regina Saphier TED Long Beach 2012 Day 3

Thursday, March 1, 2012

11:00 – 12:45

Session 8: The Courtroom
Hosted by Chris Anderson

Lets see… Jim… I am sorry, but selling lots and lots of toxic deodorants with ideals… that is pathetic. And I am saying this with a marketing degree (diploma work in marketing ethics). Jim did not convince me. Sherry spoke about the avoidance of intimacy… people hide behind technology. Many young people have very little social skills, feel lonely, and need real attention. Tali warned us that we are way too optimistic. She called it the optimism bias and it could be responsible for the ongoing economic crisis. Depressed people are more realistic. But optimism leads to success. People love anticipation. Taylor Wilson, a really young nuclear physicist told us about his home made fusion reactor and also pointed out that for a scientist the glass is always full, because of water and air. 🙂

Bryan received a really long and deserved standing ovation for his wonderful talk on integrity, race, and fighting for justice. In his opinion richness is not the opposite of poverty, it is rather justice. He believes that each person is more than their worst action. When a judge decided to put his African American teenage client on trial as an adult, he made a motion: lets try him as a 75 years old privileged white male corporate executive.  He advocated for proximity between the privileged TEDsters and people in poverty.

2:15 – 4:00

Session 9: The Design Studio
Guest curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell

A highly entertaining session. Chip told the story of his book cover design process. He has the persona of a stand up comedian really and was dressed like an elegant and intelligent clown. Liz spoke about the redesign of a museum in Washington. Not my kind of design. My favorite speaker was David, a person who is well known as the one who helps people rediscover their creative power at Stanford. He gives back people’s creative confidence. He is such a compassionate person.  Thomas spoke about the curated museum experience at the MET. It would have been nice if he showed one of the tapestry exhibits on the TED stage. When I moved to New York in 1999, I spent my first two weeks at the MET. True story. Also true: when I was 9 years old, my parents lost me in the MET, in the book store in 1981 (luckily they did find me, after they realized in the lobby that I was missing… my father lost me actually, he has ADD I think… not with antiques, only with kids). The ABT did not particularly impress me. John Hodgman made fun of design. John Hockenberry told us about his father’s wisdom: design by intent. Intent makes all the difference in your actions and design.

5:00 – 6:45

Session 10: The Campfire
Hosted by June Cohen

Jared made flames dance and made us see sound. Joshua decided to write about memory training and ended up winning the competition he wanted to write about. We remember best when we memorize topic by topic, or in fact place by place. Make your life memorable, pay attention, be mindful, and remember to remember. Philippe told his fascinating story with passion. He made us imagine the moments when he crossed the air between the WTC buildings. Marco Tempest invited us to his digital campfire.

Jon told the TED audience that there are probably 30-40 psychopaths among them. It would be normally only 1%, but it is 4% among CEOs. Corporate psychopathology is responsible for a lot of suffering in the world today. Abigail was singing in Chinese while playing the banjo. She was obviously born to perform.

 

Regina Saphier TED Long Beach 2012 Day 2

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

8:30 – 10:15

Session 4: The Lab
Hosted by Chris Anderson

This session had at least two talks with the wow factor. After Scooter spoke to the TED audience and pointed out that TED is like the academy awards for nerds, Regina, a nerd herself says that people  should be nice to nerds because they are the ones who are able to change the world. She asked us: What if you could not fail? Life gets interesting by the way when we fail because it means we surpassed ourselves. She is designing amazing flying objects at DARPA and one of the most interesting ones is the nano hummingbird… looks amazingly real as it floats over the TED stage  and Chris jokingly remarks at the end: Look what a cute hummingbird just flew into my headquarter… he also kept trying to make her say that her designs will be used by the military in unknown ways and what those ways might be… But anyway: What would you attempt to do if you knew that you can’t fail…? Jack demonstrated the highly practical digital anatomy device where the human body is represented by a 1:1 3D model of the human body, excellent for training and also for surgery consultation. This amazing table is already on sale, cheaper than a human body. Marco visually narrated Tesla’s short form bio and we learned that Tesla’s mind was supported by synesthesia and he built models in his head. After hundreds of inventions he had one failed idea, that was actually possible, but he kind of overestimated the possibilities and got no funding. Finally he ended up a recluse in his Waldorf Astoria suit. I mean, how silly, after so much success, how could people leave him so alone? Donald explained his world changing idea: The Liquid Metal Battery. This invention might just save the planet, according to Chris. We were informed that while watching, there are 165 TEDx events happening simultaneously. Vijay showed his team’s agile flying robots. I knew about his work, I have seen it before, but some of the videos were new. I especially liked the small robots flying in formation. At the end of the session Chris remembered Steve Jobs.

11:00 – 12:45

Session 5: The Earth
Hosted by Chris Anderson

Karen took us high up in the mountains to watch bears and showed footage of a newly discovered bat that has a tongue longer than its own body to reach the nectar in a flower. Sharon showed photos of beautiful bird nests. Wade asked us to protect the sacred head waters of the world. James reinforced our knowledge that global warming is real and we need to put extra price on carbon. Boone spoke unconvincingly about natural gas as the bridge energy for the US. I mean he lost 150 million as a solar energy entrepreneur, and now he has investments in natural gas… you can see where he is coming from. The Civilians performed the end of humanity.

2:15 – 4:00

Session 6: The Crowd
Hosted by June Cohen

After some music, the start up whisperer, father of LinkedIn, Reid says that individuals need to use their online company of people, their network as entrepreneurs. You somewhat have to understand technology, have a network identity, need network intelligence and network capabilities.  If you are a company collecting user data, do not do anything with it that you would not publish in The New York Times. David Hornik had a 3 minute talk. He spoke about his invisible disability, dyslexia preventing him from remembering names. He says that even if he can not remember our names, he still loves us. 🙂 Lior presents the first crowd sourced TED talk, and brings a real ox on stage. Jen gives the most practical talk of this session, introducing OccupytheSEC. She brings application developers into City Hall. It is a peace corps for geeks. We need a crowd of voices, but more importantly we need a crowd of hands actually doing things. Frank gives an epic talk about asking people to share their secrets with him on a postcard. June shares her secret: her skirt zipper broke but safety pins saved the day. 🙂 And finally Reggie speaks nonsense in the most intelligent manner possible and produces fun with his persona.

5:00 – 6:45

Session 7: The City
Hosted by Chris Anderson

JR’s TED wish turned his idea into the biggest collaborative art project in the world. Edward spoke too fast, so Chris made him summarize his talk at the end: cities are important for us to be able to connect to create collaboratively. Eduardo demonstrated how efficiently his operations center works in Rio and his colleague came online to tell him about the weather, the traffic and river levels. Suja, a stunning person and excellent storyteller spoke about her urban planning project in Africa, where she is working on a new city in Free State in South Africa.  The session is closed with lively Gospel. 🙂 (I will never forget the kindness of the church people in Harlem after we visited their community following 9/11. It was an unforgettable and wonderful experience. Thank you!)

Regina Saphier TED Long Beach 2012 Day 1

Long Beach, CA Time is in the Pacific Time Zone in the United States of America (USA).
US Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8).
For Budapest, Hungary local time, add 9 hours to each time in the program.

Here we are again, this is major TED event #6 that I am live blogging online. I must say, every time the first stream of a major TED conference starts, I feel something special… it is the feeling of gratitude that I have the opportunity to be part of this amazing event live. This year I decided to change my habit of speaker by speaker notes and I am going to start writing session summaries, because you can find an amazing speaker by speaker key idea stream on twitter in a micro blog form directly happening during the major TED events by TEDNews.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

11:00 – 12:45

Session 1: The Observatory
Hosted by Chris Anderson

Brian explained how humanity went from the idea of the universe to the idea of a multiverse, how we first assumed that the expansion was slowing, and now we know that the expansion is speeding up… that the Big Bang might have produced several universes instead of only one. And he pointed out that a very long time from now scientists would look into a much darker and more static space and would draw very different conclusions, so we might just as well be doing the same, as some of the information is already gone. And from space time we go to space archeology: Sarah talked about the fact that she was able to show from space that 99% of Egypt’s archaeological sites remain to be uncovered. Paul told us to be afraid and act before the big crisis hits, because the Earth is full, while Peter gave us an optimistic talk about what is possible today with technology, that solar is now more available and so water would also be more available, and that the future depends on the DIY innovators, NOT governments. Susan is an introvert, she wrote a book about the importance of introverts in our societies and she introduced us to the term: endovert (people between introverts and extroverts…)

2:15 – 4:00

Session 2: The Parlor
Hosted by June Cohen

This session is a bit harder to describe, because we witnessed some stunning performances… dance with light by Quixotic… emotional and visual storytelling by Andrew… hypnotic and even dancing sculptures by Reuben… funny poems by Billy

… and some music history by Michael.

Budapest by Billy Collins

5:00 – 6:45

Session 3: The Dinner Party
Hosted by Chris Anderson

I am sorry to say, but the “dinner table” experiment is turning this session into something rather artificial… Rebecca and Steven are not actors, so the fluidity of their over rehearsed and rigid talk is missing and we are unable to reach flow… I am unable to pay attention to their content. You do not talk like this at a dinner table… talking away from the table, managing a memorized dialog with your spouse… I hope not… such smart people looking so silly… Sir Ken Robinson and Therese (Lady) Robinson would be much better at such TED stage performance.

After Rebecca and Steven finish the rigid part of the session, the “real” dinner party starts (no food for the body, only for the mind)… a bit better to watch, but there is not enough space and time for the discussions to unfold… The experience remains awkward.

More speakers appear while guests sit at the table: Julie spoke about creativity in all things we do… Atul spoke about the importance of such simple things as checklists in health care; in one of his projects he introduced a simple checklist in several hospitals around the world and while complications went down by 35%, death rates decreased by 47%! That is amazing! He says we need pit crews of medical professionals. The best care is often the least expensive, while some medical treatments are understandably very costly. When Atul sits down at the dinner table, Sir Ken Robinson tells him about his funny experience at a pathology conference: He was offered a free autopsy. You know, people give you what they can… Jonathan talks about the tendency that most people feel spiritual. He says that the self melting away is a key to our human evolution. He say that you can also feel sacred alone, but it is more meaningful in a group. I disagree. Leaders often need to first experience the melting self alone to be able to become spiritual leaders. It helps to be part of effectively cooperative groups if you want to reach higher social goals. We are “homo duplex” as Emil Durkheim called humans.

Regina Saphier TED Global 2011 Day 4

Friday, July 15, 2011 8:30 – 10:15
Session 11: Things We Make

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Neil MacGregor

Director of The British Museum

We are introduced to an ancient piece of PR on clay from Babylon. And important object for Iran and also for Jews: the Cyrus Cylinder of Babylon.

A short talk follows by a TED Fellow, Genevieve von Petzinger about the geometrical shapes on cave walls and objects of the ice age.


Ben Kacyra

Digital preservationist

We see amazing 3D laser scanned virtual representations of our collective memory, buildings, statues and complete sites. CyArk 500 Challenge: to digitally preserve 500 world heritage sites in 5 years.


Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Artist, designer

Daisy talks about invented cultural life forms, that are part of the set: synthetica. Growing objects, instead of manufacturing them. Or make bacteria to produce different colors. It would be possible to harvest natural colors, and could also be used in laboratory diagnostics.


Robert Gupta

Violinist

Touching violin tunes streaming from Edinburgh to Budapest. 🙂


Michael Biddle

Plastics recycler

While it is easy to recycle metal, it used to be hard to do the same with plastic. But Michael not only developed a way to selectively extract plastic precisely, but he also revolutionized the plastic industry: recycled plastic requires 10% of the energy to create recycled objects (no oil required), compared to using virgin plastic, made of oil.

In my opinion we should not be using plastic at all, instead we should use non-toxic, and completely degradable materials. And we have seen such materials in the making at TED in the past…


Anna Mracek Dietrich

Inventor

Terrafugia: a flying car. Brilliant. I want one. 🙂

Joe, the sand artist comes back.. still not very impressive to me. Ferenc Cakó is much more creative, poetic and fluid…


Malcolm Gladwell

Writer

It was about war, and when this word comes up, I stop listening. Sorry. But the key message was: the more efficient the US got at bombing countries, the angrier the sufferers got and the more people were killed by terrorists attacks.

11:00 – 12:45
Session 12: Next Up


Harald Haas

Communications technology innovator

Well, the future is light transmitted data.


Markus Fischer

Designer

Breaking the code of bird flight. An artificial bird is flying over the heads of TEDsters in Edinburgh.

David Adjaye
Architect

David gave a really clear picture of regional differences in African architecture and I think it was a very good TED talk. It introduced me to something I did not yet know. I love architecture. And I have too little knowledge of today’s Africa.

Rory Stewart
Politician

Rory is the new kind of British politician and he loves to walk! 🙂 I am not terribly interested in politics. Sorry. By the way, excellent speaker. We need intelligent risk takers with humility who know the terrain and culture wherever you want to send aid, money and groups, locals or people with real local knowledge who help to rebuild and develop. Rory has first hand local experience with this, because he walked among real everyday people, in several regions of the world. Remarkably intelligent politician. Gives you hope!


Jo Hamilton

Musician

She plays the Air Piano (not to be confused with a theremin).


Jeremy Gilley

Peace activist

Completely adrenalin driven Jeremy talking fast and long about his brilliant idea: The Annual Peace Day, 21 September. Remarkable story. Amazing what we, dyslexics are capable of. 😉

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Regina Saphier TED Global 2011 Day 3

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:00 – 12:45
Session 8: Embracing Otherness


Pat Mitchell

Media pioneer

She is the host of this session.


Thandie Newton

Actor

Thandie tells her own story of otherness and how dancing and acting helped her understand that oneness and suspended self is the key, and that she should respect her own self instead of being ashamed of it or changing it constantly… but not live in her self, rather aim to reach oneness. It was such a beautiful TED talk, that I will not attempt to retell it, rather ask you to please, listen to it as soon as it will be online. And I have the feeling that it will be up very soon.


Yang Lan

Media mogul, TV host

Yang introduces us to the hopes, problems and needs of Chinese youth.

Nadia al-Sakkaf
Journalist

Nadia shows us pictures and tells the story of how people, especially women and girls in Yemen live today.


Jarreth Merz

Filmmaker

Jarreth tells the story of Ghana living up to the expectations of democracy. He says, yes, we Africans can!


Vertigo

Dance company

Well, they dance…


Bunker Roy

Educator

Bunker, who had the best education and a privileged life in India, decided to go to a village 45 years ago and started the barefoot college for the poor a bit later, in 1972. He says: listen to people, to the poor people and for example train the grandmothers of poor communities to make fundamental changes. He spoke of women being trained via sign language to build solar tools and how these women went home and changed their villages in several countries. His talk included so much genius that I recommend you to definitely watch this talk on ted.com as soon as it becomes available. Wonderful story!

2:15 – 4:00
Session 9: Living Systems


Alain de Botton

Philosopher

Alain suggests atheism 2.0 🙂

We need help, guidance, assistance, because as religions say, people are children… while universities assume we are adults in need of information, and that is all. Well, I am sure you see the right way in the middle, and get a “church ceremony meets university lecture” kind of education for life: The School of Life. Religion: repetition, calendar, structure, rituals, oratory skills, branded multinational institutions… so: lone individuals of the mind, like poets and educators, must group together. Learn from religion. But NO leader needed, because it is a wiki kind of project. 🙂 I feel that Alain’s new TED talk is somehow unfinished…


Erik Hersman

Blogger

Erik says, innovation is equally distributed in the world, and Africa is no different.


Paul Snelgrove

Marine biologist

Paul is cataloging marine life and he shows us some stunning images. My favorite was the Yeti Crab. 🙂


Pavan Sukhdev

Environmental economist

Pavan works to end the economic invisibility of nature. Recognize natural capital.


Pauline Chen

Surgeon, writer

Doctors can cure people and also help the dying and their relatives. Pauline advocates for empathy in medicine. Humanize the medical profession.


Charles Hazlewood

Conductor

And finally music with explanation of the conductor’s job and that music should not be an elite phenomenon in the “West”. Charles says we should make music as freely as Africans do. 🙂 He is starting a para orchestra in the UK for disabled people. And finally he shows us how Haydn explained the importance of trust to one Prince Esterházy in Hungary (the particular Esterházy prince wanted the musicians to move out of his household, so to make his point, Haydn composed a piece during which the musicians leave the stage in pairs until the piece is played by only two people who also walk out finally while still playing).

5:00 – 6:45
Session 10: Feeling


Alison Gopnik

Child development psychologist

Alison says: to be a learning baby is like being in love in Paris after drinking three double espressos. Babies are super learners, they also run unconscious or conscious “statistical calculations” while learning. What they find hard is focusing.


Paul Bloom

Psychologist

Paul says we want to own original artworks because we need to believe that real, hard, skilled work, effort, creativity and history is behind that particular collectible or even music. This gives us deep pleasure. When we learn that the object of desire is not original, we lose interest, because we lose the history we assumed initially and we lose the feeling of pleasure.


Paul Zak

Neuroeconomist

Poor countries are low oxytocin nations. This hormone is the trust molecule. It increases empathy and it makes us moral. It connects us. Dr. Love says: 8 hugs a days will make you happier. And the more people hug each other, the better place the world becomes.


Todd Kuiken

Biomedical engineer

Todd develops highly flexible and functional prosthetic arms with nerve connections and his patients surprised him saying that they have tactile input and so they feel different surfaces and textures.

Mr. Tempest, the magician performed again, and today he impressed me. 🙂


Abraham Verghese

Physician and author

Another medical doctor with empathy telling his story. Don’t just look at data, the computer, but listen to your patients, look at them, hear them and examine them directly. It is an important ritual that people need.

Regina Saphier TED Global 2011 Day 2

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 8:30 – 10:15
Session 4: Future Billions


Niall Ferguson

Historian

Niall says: “Killer apps” of wealthy nations are: Work Ethic; Competition; Scientific revolution; Property rights; Medicine; Consumerism. Any society could adopt these and now, instead of the US, it is China that uses these as a world leader while also using the IT killer apps downloadable by millions globally.


Yasheng Huang

Political economist

Yasheng says China develops faster than India, because the Chinese government does not have to take into consideration the public opinion. Also the literacy rate and education is much better in China. Chinese women are approximately twice as literate as Indian women, and while in China you are literate if you are able to read and write hundreds of characters, in India you are called literate if you are able to write your name.


Tim Harford

Undercover economist

Tim says: move away from the God Complex and try: trial and error. People find it hard to be challenged, they like to be in their little “know it all” bubble and they must be shocked out of that bubble. It is very difficult to make good mistakes. I really like his way of presenting this idea.


Robin Ince

Comedian

Robin is making fun of life and science and I know this kind of twisted and funny thinking, because we make jokes like his with my best friend all the time.

JR is back to give us an update on his TED wish.

John Danner speaks about Robert Owen’s New Harmony, Indiana plans… His socially innovative business thinking was remarkable.


Josette Sheeran

Anti-hunger leader

Josette shows us what kind of damage hunger causes in the brain. She says we have enough food to feed all people in the world and tells us about the tools of eliminating hunger in the world. School feeding raises girls’ and boys’ school attendance by 50%. Brazil is the most skilled at eliminating hunger.

11:00 – 12:45
Session 5: Emerging Order


Matt Ridley

Rational optimist

He is now the curator of this session, he is not presenting a TED talk today.


Svante Paabo

Geneticist

We are all recent emigrants of Africa… Right, I knew that. Our differences come from genetic variations of a very similar genetic set.


Mark Pagel

Evolutionary biologist

Mark says: words are sometimes dangerous, you can be killed for saying the wrong one. Now words are also the basis of social learning, the skill that made humans so successful. Social learning is visual theft. Language was developed to manage human cooperation. Languages also isolate from other groups. Can we afford so many languages in our interconnected global and virtual 21st century? We have to confront the idea that we have to become one world with one language. (Are you sure?)


Elizabeth Murchison

Cancer researcher

Elisabeth talks about the Tasmania Devil‘s contagious cancer, that threatens the entire Tas population. This population is the ultimate cancer. All cancers on Tasmanian Devils’ faces have the same DNA… Sexually transmitted dog cancer is similar all over the world. Tens of thousands of years old, coming form wolfs. There was a research involving humans and human cancer cells (they were injected into humans), and in a few cases it can spread…


Cynthia Kenyon

Biochemist, geneticist

Cynthia says: DAF-2 gene mutation not only makes the C. elegans live longer, but also live better and look younger. It acts via hormones, similar to insulin, promoting nutrient uptake by cells and IGF-1, promoting growth. Genes are instructions to make proteins that do something and the DAF-2 gene encodes cellular DAF-2 hormone receptors. When the DAF-2 gene is normal, it contains the instructions for normal receptors, and normal, faster aging. It is speeding up aging. When this gene actually is less active (because it is damaged), the individual has a better and longer life… Aging is controlled by hormones. This has now also been tested in flies and mice and they also live longer. It might also work in people. Studies show, that Ashkenazi Jews who live until 90 or 100, they also have a mutated DAF-2 gene, as do some other populations in the world. Why do they live longer and better? Because in such mutant individuals many protective genes are switched on (antioxidant, caregiver, DNA repair, immune system related genes, encoding relevant proteins) that repair the cells and extend the lifespan. The FOXO protein turns on longevity genes. These people are less likely to have cancer or Alzheimers and might live beyond 100. When the DAF-2 gene functions normally (encoding a normal DAF-2 hormone receptor), it prevents the FOXO protein from entering the cell and so the individual lives a shorter life, because the FOXO protein is unable to turn on many protective genes (that encode protective proteins) and the cells store more “food” (we all know that too much food is bad for you). It is actually stress that might damage the DAF-2 gene, and so it turns on the FOXO protein and that turns on the longevity genes (and so the longevity proteins). FOXO has variations. She is trying to come up with a human FOXO related medication to make people healthier and live longer, but this medication would not change the genes, it would only bind to the proteins and change their activity. If you stop taking the drug, the protein returns to its normal activity. Actually changing these genes at birth might make you very ill, because these genes are key to your energy production and normal development. So fine tuning is a better option. This process is really a form of youth extension, it won’t make you live forever, but imagine the possibilities! Cynthia is a really sweet, smart, and excellent speaker. She has humor, she is scientifically brilliant, and her parallel examples were very clear.


Joe Castillo

Sand artist

As Joe says, there are more talented Sand Artists in the World, like this Hungarian man:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferenc_Cakó

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_animation

Vivaldi Four Seasons Autumn Sand Animation Ferenc Cakó: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCEB4v3o-50


Karol Boudreaux

Poverty economist

Karol talks about community based national resource management in Namibia.

2:15 – 4:00
Session 6: The Dark Side


Misha Glenny

Underworld investigator

Misha introduces young cyber criminals with Aspergers (high functioning autism) and other disabilities who learnt their hacking skills early and lost their ways in the real world. They are brilliant minds who should not be in prisons he says. It is due to their extreme IT abilities and also extreme social disabilities that they ended up convicted.


Mikko Hypponen

Cybersecurity expert

Mikko shows us the 25 year history of PC viruses and how we went from the harmless first Pakistani virus to organized crime and dangerous viruses. He says it is important to create the InternetPol. Really good talk!


Eddi Reader

Singer/songwriter

It is always nice to listen to Eddi. 🙂

Pamela Meyer
Lie detector

We all lie, Pamela says and she is right. Go from lie detecting to truth seeking. She gives some useful examples.


Ben Goldacre

Debunker

Well, pharmaceutical companies also lie… But we knew that already.

TEDx update.


Karen Tse

Anti-torture activist

Torture in countries happens because of broken down legal systems. Karen developed a program to make sure, people get to see a lawyer to be defended.

5:00 – 6:15
Session 7: Bodies


Daniel Wolpert

Movement expert

I spent the time trying to convince the TED tech team that we can not hear the talks properly and the central volume should be turned UP! Could not hear the talk, sorry.


Sheril Kirshenbaum

Biologist and writer

Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin rises while kissing and most people tilt their heads to the right. Women kiss to test the men. Women, as it is well known, prefer men with more diverse and different genetic makeup, to have healthier offspring, BUT women on the pill prefer the opposite. (Is it not possible that many illnesses are caused by this latter issue?)


Péter Fankhauser

Roboticist

Nice robo-dance. 🙂


Marco Tempest

Techno-illusionist

Some graphic trick on stage…

Jae Rhim Lee
Artist

Jae says we should accept death, stop embalming with toxic materials and use special mushrooms to decompose our dead bodies to reusable compost. Become a decompinaut.

Alice Russell
Singer

Good music on stage. 🙂

6:30 – 7:30 Live recording of BBC World Service‘s “The Forum”

Regina Saphier TED Global 2011 Day 1

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I started my TED Global 2011: “The Stuff of Life” webcast day number one with a nice, self made breakfast, with my regular 15 minutes of sunbathing for vitamin D (D hormone) production at 11:00 am (NO sunscreen!) and with some flash non-fiction writing:

I have a spider in residence. It is living between two red shelves and rebuilds its external web weekly after I clean the apartment. It neatly places the dead leftovers in front of the two shelves, right outside the little gap where the spider lives, so that I can easily clean up the insect skeletons. We have a good cooperative relationship. It is a medium sized fat spider, very accurate indeed and has been my spider in residence for many months. We never bother one another. It lives in the niche of my home economy, since I never eat small insects.

I believe the above paragraph reflects a TEDster like attitude about living together with people, nature and our own self. Welcome to my regular TED live conference blog. I am going to be posting notes all day, until Friday as usual. I always edit my notes after sessions so there might be a slight delay in posting. Times in the program are all Edinburgh time (British Summer Time). TED Global takes place in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland this year, instead of Oxford, England where facilities were not ideal for the event. Lets see what TED Global has in store for us this year.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:00 – 12:45
Session 1: Beginnings

Lee Cronin
Chemist

Lee is trying to create inorganic and non carbon based life. He might just succeed within two years.


Annie Murphy Paul

Science author

Annie explains the reason why I love cucumber salad with sour cream. Its because my mother had no choice but eat that while on holiday during her pregnancy in Poland. In Hungary we do not normally eat cucumbers with sour cream, but we all take it for granted in the family that her temporary diet change influenced my preference for this kind of salad. 🙂 Fetuses learn and prepare for their culture and environment specific lives while in the womb and their entire lives are influenced during the 9 months.

Researchers found the biological marker for PTSD susceptibility in babies of 1700 WTC pregnant women after 911. They passed on PTSD vulnerability to their kids.

Chris remarks that women who attend TED while pregnant give the best possible start for their to be born kids. He also says something like this: no extra charge for fetal attendance at TED. People laugh. 🙂


Rebecca MacKinnon

Media activist

Rebecca speaks of the complex question of balancing citizen voices, internet usage and government activity. How should we constrain the power on the internet. Or how can we hold power (people) accountable on the internet.


Danielle de Niese

Soprano

Unfortunately Danielle’s performance is not enjoyable via the web cast. Not even via high speed… my laptop is too old.


Richard Wilkinson

Public health researcher

Richard says: If you Americans want to live the American dream, move to Denmark. Social evaluation threat raises cortisol permanently (a stress hormone) in people living in highly unequal societies. (Note: This stress hormone influences DNA expression and normal functioning of the body!) In other words it is judgment that ruins people’s health in unequal societies. Chronic stress from social sources is highly damaging. Make bosses accountable for employees. (And may I say: make parents accountable for their children, because constant emotional stress causes life long mental and physical illnesses when kids grow up…) Pay attention to the psychosocial health of societies. It is highly relevant in Hungary, a very ill and unequal society in huge economic trouble.


Phillip Blond

Political theorist

Philip says: we need to revive the culture of good groups that produce good people. In other words, lets move beyond extreme individualism and extreme collectivism. Move beyond leftism and rightism. Relationships are the basis of a healthy and normal existence. He says it is access inequality that causes the biggest problems. So money that goes to large corporations today should go to smaller local groups. He is talking about the UK…

It is time for me to make lunch.

2:15 – 4:00
Session 2: Everyday Rebellions


Hasan Elahi

Privacy artist

Hasan has a wonderful sense of humor to digest the century he is living in. He has been interrogated after 911, so he decided to post key info on a website about what he is eating, purchasing, when he is traveling, which airport he is at. He says: I am more able to watch myself that anyone else. And he also says, he is no longer special, because now everyone else is doing this with smart phones (if you have one… I don’t).


Maajid Nawaz

Anti-extremism activist

Maajid says evil, not only good, went global on the internet. He was a member of an extremist organization, so he should know. He says extremists are unfortunately more successful social media users than democratic groups. Extremists build on the grass roots opportunities, from the bottom up. So, advocate for democracy on the same grass roots level. Use counter-narratives in the relevant societies.

Justin Hall-Tipping
Science entrepreneur

Justin tells us about flexible and transparent carbon on the nano scale and how he will help us make clean and free self generated energy with nano carbon window shields and how this project will lead to the ability to beam energy with no grid (energy can be saved by making electrons inactive until the energy is needed), and in turn how it will solve the world’s lack of drinkable water by desalination…


Yves Rossy

Jetman

Jetman is a phenomenon, you have to see him flying.


Asaf Avidan

Singer/songwriter

Amazing voice on the TED Global 2011 stage! 🙂 You should listen to Asaf singing.


Julia Bacha

Filmmaker

Julia is spreading the news about under reported non violent resistance in Budrus in the West Bank and in other places. It works if you give them attention in the media.

5:00 – 6:45
Session 3: Coded Patterns


Geoffrey West

Theorist

Cities, according to Geoffrey, are networks of creative human interaction. Double the size of a city and you get a 15% increase of all specific indicators, like wealth, universities, income, crime, police, and so on. Cycles of innovation are necessary to avoid collapse of cities.


Shohei Shigematsu

Architect

Shohei says, sometimes think in the box.


Kevin Slavin

Algoworld expert

Kevin somehow mesmerized me as I was listening to him (I liked him even before I listened to him, by just looking at his face in the program guide… it is some subconscious thing), so I have to say, I do not know what exactly he was saying, but it was about a superb future for algorithms and the loser presence of slow algorithms. 🙂 Oh, and he mentioned a Hungarian scientist with whom he traveled and had a conversation about the many physicists in finance…


Allan Jones

Brain scientist

Allan is telling the story of human brain mapping.


Balazs Havasi

Pianist, composer

Balázs is Hungarian. And actually it is all I know about him. I have seen him at TEDx Danubia this year, but he did not make a huge impression on me. He is now doing the same “classical encounters rock” scenario… People at TED Global like it, so it is good PR for Hungary.

This is an interesting TED Global 2011 + TEDx Danubia related TED blog link, informing us about Csaba Manyai, TEDx Danubia host talking about Urania Scientific Theatre (where the Hungarian event normally takes place) at TED University: http://blog.ted.com/2011/07/11/the-urania-scientific-theater-or-ted1899/

TEDx Danubia March 2011 by Regina Saphier

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Yesterday I looked at my facebook news stream and I got curious about the latest TEDx Danubia program. I had a quick look and suddenly decided to set up my latest live blog, but for the first time to blog about a TEDx event in Hungary (I regularly blog about the main live TED events, but not about TEDx events). It looked like the organizers have finally overcome the provincial curatorial style of the previous TEDx Danubia events and for the first time the program looked world class. I had everything set up and was looking forward to blogging the entire show when right at the beginning: on the official site the stream link was nowhere to see (and trust me, I knew what I was doing, I am a regular live conference streamer and it was not going to be my first TEDx Danubia live stream either), no stream started, and by the time I figured out that the free webcast was supposed to be on ustream, there was still no live stream… I posted quick notes to the organizers after I established that other people had the same stream error…

For hours the stream did not work so I decided to spend my day with different tasks, e.g.: reading the English letters of a wonderful female painter (while sunbathing on my balcony), who lived a short life and painted some remarkable pictures mainly in Hungary and in India. I was rather frustrated that I did not get to see some of the excellent morning TEDx D. speakers… so I kept returning to my computer and suddenly the steam went live.

So, I have seen some of the speakers… well… it was rather hard to see them, because the stream quality was miserable (on the organizers’ side). It was nowhere near the TED Long Beach quality. But still after the many technical problems, I have to say: there were some really interesting talks, good speakers and I especially appreciated the English speaking talks, because they have a better chance of making it onto the TED.COM site’s talk archive list for everyone to see. (There were some boring speakers too, but I am not here to write about the negative aspect of speakers.)

The event was also special because Bruno Giussani TED’s EU director attended in person and also spoke at this TEDx conference. I am hoping to see his talk soon on TEDx Danubia’s official site, along with Tamás Freund’s talk (I have no idea why he did not speak in English, I know for a fact that he is able to speak in English, because we were featured in the same BBC World News report a few years ago).

So, below is the program that I did not get to see in its entirety, but whatever I managed to see during the day, most were interesting, well delivered and TED-worthy. I congratulate the curators of the sessions. They have done a really good job and set a new standard for Hungarian TEDx events. I even played with the idea of attending the next one in person and even suggesting speakers.

But please, pay much more attention to the online stream. It is after all the future… The online experience in the world of social media is a key aspect. Also, while I am glad that last year’s idiotic toilet paper stage design was nowhere to be seen (I mean, really? is this how you want to be seen in the world? toilet paper behind the speakers?), still the boring boxes only overcrowded the stage and were lacking fantasy. Also, the member profiles on the tedxdanubia site are unavailable (I used to brows them last year but now there is no link to them.). Plus, for the next event, please find a host with real charisma, stage presence and well timed humor or some other deep intellectual substance.

Finally, the most exquisite performance happened right at the end of the day. I am sure the Moholy-Nagy light play will soon be on the TED.COM site. It was wonderfully directed and performed. A true creative delight for the international connoisseur’s mind. Excellent curatorial decision. Thank you! (Especially because I could see it twice: the webcam was on even during the rehearsal…)

Here is the performance: http://www.tedxdanubia.com/hu-HU/TEDxDanubia_Talks/Negative_Variete.aspx

 

8:50-10:40 Exploring Within

Tamás Freund – neuroscientist: Brain Waves and Creativity

• Julian Treasure – sound designer: Conscious Listening (in English)

• Keren Hanan – pianist, painter: Music in Colours (in English)

• Péter Csermely – biochemist, network researcher: The Tao of Talent (in English)

Bruno GiussaniTED’s European Director and Curator for TEDGlobal (in English)

• Lakshmi Pratury – host of TEDIndia 2009 and INK: What the West Can Learn from the East (in English)

11:40-13:20 Connecting the Dots

• Vilmos Csányi – ethologist: The Nature of Beliefs

• Carolyn Steel – food urbanist: Sitopia – how we can think through food (in English)

• Antal Kelle – creative artist: ArtFormer

• Zsuzsa Szvetelszky – social psychologist: The Art and Science of Gossip

• Péter Papp – programmer mathematician: What a Software Designer Dreams Of…

• Tomicah Tillemann – international relations expert: Creating Change in a Changing World (in English)

14:20-16:10 Extraordinary Journeys

• László Kiss – physicist, astronomer: Almost Nothing

• Zoltán Galántai – futures scientist: The Glasses of Time

• Gábor Korom – instinct management researcher: Ariadne’s Thread

• Carin King – fashion consultant: Style Without Mirrors (in English)

• Róbert Mandel – musician, organologist: Instruments Ago…

• Stuart Schulzke – new media entrepreneur: Detrivializing a Twitterized World (in English)

17:10-19:00 A New Beginning

• Gábor George Burt – strategist, innovation/creativity expert: Re-engaging Your Childhood Creativity (in English)

• Gábor Karsai – philosopher, spiritual diplomat: The Origin of the Beginning

• Nic Marks – statistician: The Happiness Manifesto (in English)

• John Foppe – motivation expert: Within Reach (in English)

• Balázs Havasi – pianist, composer

20:10-20:30 Special Evening Session: Dream Bubbles

Viktória Szépvölgyi – director, producer: Negative Varieté

Regina Saphier TED Long Beach 2011 Day 4

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So, this is the final day. I hope you find some interesting ideas below about TED talks to look for during the following year (major, multi-day TED conferences and TEDx events are the sources of the hundreds of free TED talks on ted.com). MyTEDblog (my live conference blog) aims to inform those who do not have the opportunity to watch live (especially for 4 days) and for those who have to wait months to start watching archived and edited talks one by one, and for those who need to wait for the complete subtitle translations of the talks. I have written short intros or one line tweet like key sentences, so even people with basic English knowledge could grasp what is coming up on the TED site. Have a nice read. 🙂 I highlighted my favorite talks (or the most important ones).


TED photo stream slide show (opens in new window) Day 4

Friday, March 4, 2011

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM Session 11: The Echo of Time

He is making “chicken-saur soup” genetically speaking in my humble opinion. Well, he is trying to create atavistic features in chicken, for example regrowing the tail, by turning on sleeping genes, so that the new chicken would satisfy sixth graders’ need for a modern day dinosaur. Imagine asking for “fried chicken tail” for lunch… In fact a good way to show how evolution works: reverse it. According to Jack, he will be able to show the end product in a few years time. Bring it on TED! I am so glad that he did not say that he is making a dinosaur. I am so bored with dinosaurs.

Reading ancient signs with a diligent computer.

There is no going back… we are going to individually determine out own genetic evolution.

A new kind of leadership in the military.

11:00 AM – 12:45 PM Session 12: Only If. If Only.

Get out of your bubble of being right. Realize, that we are all wrong about a lot of things. Even TED as a conference, over ten years ago predicted things that did not happen. But there is the opportunity of revisiting an issue when you realize that you are wrong. Being wrong feels bad, but realizing that you are wrong might just save you and lead you into the right direction.

He shows how children solve the world’s problems in class. He is a wonderful, humble teacher, who does not want to control every answer and uses serious play to teach. And he is able to learn from his pupils. By the way he also apologizes to them for leaving such chaotic world to them with so many problems. On the other hand, he is trying to prepare them for their roles as excellent future leaders.

A truly moving performance, where his wife, computer and friends give him a voice on stage.

Regina Saphier TED Long Beach 2011 Day 3

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

11:00 AM – 12:45 PM Session 8: Invention and Consequence

While listening to Mr. Tenner, I created the word: “TEDknowlogy”… This is the most boring talk possible on interesting human technology, so my mind wondered off a bit… sorry… anyway… when I see the TEDnews tweet “Edward Tenner at #TED: Drawing an astounding connection between Legionnaires’ disease and the magnetic tape drive. 140 chars not enough.”, I reply: “@TEDNews E. Tenner: Magnetic tape drives disturbed by original formula: Legionnaires’ disease air conditioner bactericides remixed. #TED” 🙂

Philip Zimbardo is worried about boys! Social Intensity Syndrome: young men prefer men’s company, instead of women’s. (Guess what: many women do the same, they feel more comfortable with other women. Now why is it, that I have no women friends? Only men! And I am the type who remains good friends with ex boyfriends. You really have to be a jerk to be rejected by me as a friend. My few close friends are types from the show: The Big Bang Theory lol) Anyway, Philip says, boys are getting isolated from women, they have no idea how to handle intimacy, and are chronically shy, unable to be mature men. They are actually digitally reprogrammed while addicted to computers, games and asynchronous online contacts.

Car for the blind in development! Now we understand why there are braille signs on drive up ATMs… lol

After this a self-driving car is introduced by Sebastian Thrun from Google. It was tested on the road and not one driver noticed that the car was driving empty…

I am glad I did not get this talk… Chris says Ralph scared him…

Mranu Prakash viewing an office fly in a geeky way…

An activist speaking to us about China and lack of freedom of speech… We in Hungary know what it is all about after decades of communism. And this “internet censoring” China is the owner of a huge portion of the US debt.

57 parameters of online search profiling… Everything is tailored today. You are in a filter bubble. You do not know what gets in and what stays out. Artificially curated info… algorithms filtering news and data… We are back in 1915 with the web… he says this: algorithms need ethics to let in even the uncomfortable news.

Exoskeleton for soldiers and paralyzed people.

2:15 PM – 4:00 PM Session 9: Threads of Discovery

Guest curated and hosting this session…

Silk reinvenTED hightech!

Aspie and Savant. Daniel shows the emotion behind words and colors of numbers. 🙂

Putting beautiful and colorful fishing nets into the fabric of cities. 🙂

Engineering light activated brain cells… so atrophied brain cells in eg: schizophrenia causing cell groups could be  selectively turned off by blue light… You could treat PTSD, bipolar depression, chronic pain, end so on by using this method. You can eliminate fearful behavior. Or research parts of the brain to find out which part is doing what exactly. This is brilliant work! 🙂 This is revolutionary research!

She is introducing her energy building blocks.

Steve Gullans: After eliminating infectious diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular illnesses, well: we are going to face accidents to eliminate them or fix their outcomes.

Talking about regenerative medicine. Cells, external building materials, or both… Building heart valve… human bladder… and other organs. Engineering human liver tissues… a skeleton of a liver perfused with blood vessel cells and real liver cells… 3D printing organs and bones… scanning and printing wounds with cells. The large solid organs are a problem.  Printing a kidney on stage! We see a finished one. And a young man telling about his own printed organs. Luke Massella received his printed organs 10 years ago… he talks about living a normal life and being saved by Anthony. 🙂

5:00 PM – 6:45 PM Session 10: Beauty, Imagination, Enchantment

This section was full of fun that one has to see. Unfortunately, I got food poisoning and was unable to fully enjoy this session. But I am going to watch it again! 🙂 I am feeling much better now. I have no idea what made me so ill so suddenly. I have not been ill for the last three years (since 2008) at all, so I am really surprised.

Putting stories in paper. That is right. Not on, but rather right into the paper.

Putting poetry and heart on stage.

Making really funny and wearable technology.

I watched his TED talk several times (live during the webcast, later just to repeat the fun, and finally when I reviewed the Hungarian subtitle translation of his TED talk…). I still sometimes burst out laughing when I think of his style, words, ideas, and images. His public persona is a work of brilliant art in itself. 🙂 Not only has he created 100 artist profiles, and complex art, but also managed to stage it in the form of stand up comedy. Plus he also managed to fit in a lovingly critical mirror for the contemporary artists who are only trying to become original. Congratulations upon his true story telling genius. I shared his TED talk with all people who are able to appreciate it. Thank you for being you Shea. 🙂

 

Regina Saphier TED Long Beach 2011 Day 2

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM Session 4: Deep Mystery

At the beginning I spent over 60 minutes trying to figure out why TED live stream chat has not been working at all since yesterday… not at all while watching yesterday’s sessions, and working a bit today, but I could not post. After nothing helped in Mozilla, I went to Chrome… We exchange e-mails with the always helpful TED associates representative: Anjali. After about 12 e-mails she forwards my complaint to the TED tech team… after I ask: “Is it possible that the new TED profile integrated chat has a selective problem that they don’t know about yet?” We try many things, nothing helps… I never had such problems in the past, or if there was a problem, it was always on the TED tech side… (and as it turned out at the next conference, it was…)

What is consciousness? He explains his theory that human self is created by a cooperation between the cortex, the brain stem, and the body map (the body is represented by an acquired map in the brain). We create our brain maps of our bodies as we develop and use that inner map as a reference for all other maps. We learn that there are three levels of self: proto, core and autobiographical self. Animals usually have the first two, but you and even your dog, you both have the latter. The more developed the cortex, the richer the experience of the self and the more conscious and creative the creature, but according to him the cortex is not sufficient to explain the phenomenon of the self and consciousness. If you hurt one part of your brain stem, the result is coma and your self is gone (at least you do not recognize or detect your brain images, etc.). If you damage another part of the brain stem, your self is imprisoned into your paralyzed body. So, for normal functioning of the self, your body, brain stem and cortex must have a fluid feedback system. He also shows us how he first discovered his own retina cyst visually (looking at a matrix with only one eye at a time) and how it was later proven by special retina imaging.

I am unable to concentrate on Damon Horowitz while I am still fighting with the TED chat technology glitch… no idea why it is not working…  Update from march 10.: Guided by instinct that I missed something important, I went back to the TED 2011 Sessions Archive and had a second look at how Damon performed. Yes, in fact he performed. He was brilliant! When I filled out the TED Associate  questionnaire yesterday, I did not yet review his part in the archive… my god, the truth is, he was off the charts as a speaker! He not only spoke about philosophy, but also about a teen in prison who did something really really wrong… and Damon showed us how they started to argue about what is wrong… what it means to be wrong. Damon, I am sorry about not giving you the “off the charts” mark. You deserved the very best! (Damon has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia, an MS from MIT Media Lab, and a PhD from Stanford, according to the vark website. He and his colleagues are behind Aardvark. Here is another talk by him, this time at TEDxSoMa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YdE-D_lSgI)

I have seen live the NASA stream when Felisa announced her discovery of possible arsenic based life on Earth. She is telling the same story at TED.

Aaron is a young man who is both high on the left and the right hemisphere’s aptitude scale. He has a hunch that all things should be behaving according to quantum mechanics. Unfortunately, he misses the fact that we are not as high on quantum mechanics as he is…

We relax our brains…

The largest home video collection… I start crying when Deb shows the voice sequence from “gaga” to water… as his little boy learned to say the word: water. Amazing: a long word learning process distilled and played within a few seconds! So moving! He is also showing us his home word-scape. The word “water” is mostly living in the kitchen, while “bye” lives close to the door… Amazing visuals! Later he is applying all this to the media. We see the topology of communications.

And my live stream chat word-scape is flat… still not working…

11:00 AM – 12:45 PM Session 5: Worlds Imagined

We are introduced to the visual magic of theater and film.

Rob Parto shows a short video of what World of Warcraft is. I think it is sad… with no real-world meaning… people escaping into this artificial world while contributing nothing… I want that time and energy to go into real world problem solving.

He shows how clueless companies are, while people know their own brands. So lets see what the brand experts say about Morgan’s personality brand: playful-mindful… He says: embrace fear, embrace risk… his film about product placement: “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” finally gets sponsored by product placement…

Bill always felt different in his own adult environment… in his family, his industry and company that is… he knew that the environment must be considered by the car industry. He says, its wonderful and now natural that we have more and more environmentally friendly cars, but a traffic jam at a level of 9 billion people is not something we want to see… we just have to change the way we think about mobility. We need a smart car network for better mobility. Ready for prime time pretty soon… One day your car is going to reserve a parking spot via a smart data system. We need a global and interconnected network. It is a very complex issue, so we all need to get going today, to design this flexible future.

They demo bubbli: http://bubbli.co/intro/

I will never ever think of PepsiCo as an ethical company, no matter how hard Indra is trying to convince us… with her cheerleaders playing nice with the mentally challenged… oh, so American… even if she got to the US at age 23… this is just another CSR (PR) project by a monster company selling sugary drinks to people… come on TED! You should know better!

Did I see PepsiCo in the Sapling portfolio? Hm… Well, no, I did not (at least not in their “2008 Return of Private Foundation, or Section 4947 ( a)(1) Nonexempt Charitable Trust Treated as a Private Foundation” document). But I did my research and I recommend this Foundation Center link, if you want to know more about the Sapling foundation, the owner of the TED project. Their market value was over 33 million dollars in 2008: http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990pf_pdf_archive/943/943235545/943235545_200812_990PF.pdf

2:15 PM – 4:00 PM Session 6: Knowledge Revolution

He appears as the guest curator of this session.

David wants to build a free history teaching platform. He talks about Big History Project. He is the kind of teacher you like to listen to.

TEDnews: “1 in 5 Africans are Nigerian. 150 million people. 17 million in poverty.” “When Nigeria got debt relief in 2005, we asked: What could we do to make sure that money reached the poor?” Amina tells her development story of fighting corruption in the midst of national poverty and making sure development funds are spent well.

Bruce is talking about poliomyelitis. He is really trying to completely eradicate it globally. Yes, it is still a problem in some places in the world. But Bruce looks like someone who won’t stop until it is done!

I have seen the site of this young man a few weeks ago while browsing the net. And I could see that he is changing the future of education. And his talk was brilliant, encouraging and I am so sorry that I am not a school kid of today’s interconnected world. You can go ahead and become a mentor and use Salman’s technology and content to educate anyone, anywhere! Go and try it!

http://www.khanacademy.org/

Khan’s TED Long Beach 2011 talk is up already!

5:00 PM – 6:45 PM Session 7: Radical Collaboration

This session is open to anyone who wanted to see what a major TED conference is. :-) By the way, I am also getting free TED Long Beach, TED Global Oxford, and TED Women Washington live streams in return for my TED volunteer activity as a translator and reviewer. I am a TED Associate. TED blogging is an extra volunteer effort I do just for fun.

Wael Ghonim speaks from TEDxCairo about the revolution 2.0 in Egypt he helped start with a memorial facebook page to a victim of the regime. A truly intelligent young man!

WOW! Luminescent deep sea creatures! Wonderful talk. A must see!

Jamie Oliver’s 2010 TED wish update in 2011: the Food Revolution got huge exposure and support in the US! :-) Jamie walks up and down in stage telling his story of saving kids who were let down by adults in the US.

Jill Tarter’s SETI TED wish at risk! White Knight sought to make it possible.

  • JR
  • Street artist

He is using cities as canvases, pasting huge paper posters of all sorts of people, like Face to Face: Palestinian and Israeli faces on the border wall (on both sides, mixed). 4 years later those photos are still there. Another project: Women are heroes. When you look at Kibera now: they look back! Vinyl eyes on roofs protecting people from the rain! If an eye is gone, the person moved from underneeth… More and more people asking for vinyl roof cover photos. lol  French artist wishing: Turn the World Inside out In a Global Art Project. Tell him what you stand for in pictures. Offer a place to paste a huge picture. People in the audience listing their contributions one by one. :-)

Space TED

TED2011 : Cady Coleman @ The International Space Station

TED2011: Cady Coleman @ The International Space Station from TED Blog on Vimeo.

Astronaut Cady Coleman speaks to the TED2011 audience from the International Space Station. TED’s own Director of Film + Video, Jason Wishnow, directed the shoot remotely… really, really, really remotely.

Regina Saphier TED Long Beach 2011 Day 1

TED2011: Bobby McFerrin

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

11:00 AM – 12:45 PM Session 1: Monumental

So, after Astronaut Cady Coleman spoke to us from space, Janna is introduced by Chris. Black holes are not dark on the inside she says… She also shows us the sound of a small black hole falling into a larger black hole…

Sarah is in Sichuan, China in the middle of nowhere, talking with Chris via phone. She is walking from Siberia to Australia. Meanwhile we see wonderful pictures taken by her during her long distance nature walk.

Why are the most socially skilled people dehumanized when it comes to policymaking? He mentions a study: scientists predicted well from the mother-baby interaction at 18 months if a child would graduate from high school in the future. (In his New Yorker article he wrote: “Researchers at the University of Minnesota can look at attachment patterns of children at forty-two months, and predict with seventy-seven-per-cent accuracy who will graduate from high school.” 18 or 42?) According to other studies people are misjudging their social status, earnings and skills within the US population, highly overestimating their own standing. 95% of professors rate themselves above average teachers. 96% of college students think they have above average social skills. 19% of Americans believe they are in the top 1% of earners. Our suffering leads to our wisdom as interconnected people… I have to say, I don’t know what David was doing at TED… he did not fit my cognitive TED picture. March 13. note: When I read his article in the New Yorker, I changed my mind about him. He is actually much better and funnier in writing. What I think he is trying to say is that there are ways to improve our connected selves: by being better, emotionally more mature parents to future generations, by suffering and learning via life experiences, and by utilizing new scientific results to understand human nature. (I hope the several camera and sound errors will be edited out by the time his talk is uploaded.)

We listen to music for a little while… I know Eric and his virtual choir… I think what he is doing with his volunteers is wonderful… I believe this is the message we should send deep into Space!

Al Jazeera’s 43 years old executive says the change we see was inspired by idealistic, globally connected, educated young people who wanted the corrupt old leaders out. This is change from within, not change forced from the outside. He passionately predicts a better and more tolerant future! He looks really happy about what is going on. According to him the youth in the Arab World is much more able to lead those nations… the old regimes are not able to do that well anymore.

Chris introduces LocaTED, a new smart phone application that connects people at the Long Beach site.

Unfortunately, during the entire session the live stream chat did not work at all…

2:15 PM – 4:00 PM Session 2: Majestic

Interesting… but largely a bit too large for the TED stage…

Please, go ahead and doodle!

This is a must see… lots of highly visual presentations this year…

Thomas is a sensitive young man, showing us his elegant building designs. This also a highly visual talk.

He does his usual trick: improvising with the audience. 🙂 I had  my first hand experience with him, I wrote a TED comment about it last year:

Feb 27 2010: “I did enjoy Bobby McFerrin’s musical talent in New York, at Lincoln Center‘s Avery Fisher Hall around 2000. We were sitting in one of the front rows of the middle section, me on the third seat from the left aisle. He made people sing one by one, after he performed alone on stage. He walked right to my friend’s old classmate and tried to make her sing. She would not. I tried to cheer her to sing, and Bobby noticed. Oh, oh… I realized he was climbing in-between the seats and was suddenly standing right above me, with his microphone. I am no singer, but he made me sing an African sounding duet. Sorry, about my ignorance, no idea what it was. No idea what I was singing, and I know I was off key, but I loved the experience. Can you imagine your own voice filling Avery Fisher Hall together with Bobby McFerrin? Thousands of people paid for the outstanding evening, with him being the only performer, and I got to sing with him. One of my dearest memories from New York. :)”

Read (and rate by clicking on their titles and giving a thumb up) more of my TED talk comments on my TED comment page:  http://www.ted.com/profiles/comments/id/270846

5:00 PM – 6:45 PM Session 3: Mindblowing

More visual mindblowing… I think the most interesting project Carlo showed us was the trash tracking… from one city through the entire US.

Kevin Stone talked about his Rescue Reel that will save anyone in burning skyscrapers: they will be able to slide to safety. It is a wonderful idea.

Mattias Astrom showed us how formally classified technology is revolutionizing how we map the world in 3D.

This is an easy day for me, because most of what happens on stage is visual. Anyway, Aaron plays with data, random people, and the interface that is powered by IT. He shows us the beautiful fabric created by airline traffic data, or the online community created video clip.

From @TEDNews on twitter: “Mike Matas shows the future of digital books with Al Gore‘s “Our Choice” on the iPad. It’s the sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” ”

Homaru Cantu and Ben Roche are fooling with our food and taste. They design unusual dishes that either look weird, taste different, or are made of something else… like the burgers that look like meat, but are actually not made of animal sources.

TEDED Brain Trust is introduced: http://education.ted.com/

An illusionist plays with tedsters’ minds.

Hungarian TED Talk Subtitle Translations by Regina Saphier: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

TED Talk Subtitle Translations in Hungarian by Regina Saphier: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

Saphier Regina magyar nyelvű TED feliratfordításai: Jill Bolte Taylor: Drámai, Rohamos Belátás

“Jill Bolte Taylor olyan kutatási lehetőséget kapott, melyet kevés tudós kívánna önmagának: masszív agyvérzést kapott, és megfigyelte, amint agyfunkciói: mozgása, beszéde, és öntudata, egymás után kapcsoltak ki. Megdöbbentő történet.”

Jill Bolte Taylor: Drámai, Rohamos Belátás (Stroke of Insight) from Regina Saphier on Vimeo.

(TED Link for online viewing: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/hun/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html)

(Vimeo link for video with fixed subtitle for offline viewing: http://vimeo.com/channels/saphiertedtranslations#19070085)