• Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)
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    Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

    What do you think of when I say the word “design”? You probably think of things like this, finely crafted objects that you can hold in your hand, or maybe logos and posters and maps that visually explain things, classic icons of timeless design. But I’m not here to talk about that kind of design. I want to talk about the kind that you probably use every day and may not give much thought to, designs that change all the time and that live inside your pocket. I’m talking about the design of digital experiences and specifically the design of systems that are so big that their scale can be…

  • The dark side of the web — exploring darknets | Kyle Terry | TEDxSalem
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    The dark side of the web — exploring darknets | Kyle Terry | TEDxSalem

    Reviewer: Queenie Lee The term “darknet” was coined in the 70s, and it was meant as a way to describe networks isolated from ARPANET. ARPANET eventually became the commercial internet run by the private telecoms we all use today. ARPANET was created by the US Department of Defense, and it was created to share data about their projects in research laboratories, with the universities. And for those of you familiar with networking, it was a first packet-switching Network, which is the foundation to modern networking. Now, we’re not talking about the World Wide Web here. That didn’t show up until 1990, when Tim Berners-Lee set up the first web server…

  • New Computing Paradigms: Mark Ritter at TEDxUConn 2013
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    New Computing Paradigms: Mark Ritter at TEDxUConn 2013

    Translator: Nuncio Casanova Reviewer: James May I was always interested in science. As a kid I was building model rockets. I was performing chemical experiments in my basement and one time I almost blew up my parents’ basement trying to build a laser. So when the physics professor who was next door neighbor to my grandparents invited me to a lecture on lasers, I was eager to attend. I was a six feet two inches lanky thirteen year old. So when I sat down, right away someone asked me to move, because I was blocking his view. But little did I know who that person was or the effect the…

  • Quantum computing, the story of a wild idea: Andris Ambainis at TEDxRiga 2013
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    Quantum computing, the story of a wild idea: Andris Ambainis at TEDxRiga 2013

    Translator: Ilze Garda Reviewer: Denise RQ When I was in grade five or six, I liked puzzles like this one. What is the last digit of number 17 to the power of 1,000? At first, this looks like an impossible question. How would you ever do that? But actually it has a simple and nice solution. So these interesting puzzles led me to various mathematics competitions. I liked solving puzzles, and I also liked competing with others. Then I became a scientist, mathematician, and I’m still solving puzzles, except that now those puzzles are difficult scientific problems for which nobody in the world knows the answer, and maybe I will…

  • How the blockchain will radically transform the economy | Bettina Warburg
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    How the blockchain will radically transform the economy | Bettina Warburg

    Economists have been exploring people’s behavior for hundreds of years: how we make decisions, how we act individually and in groups, how we exchange value. They’ve studied the institutions that facilitate our trade, like legal systems, corporations, marketplaces. But there is a new, technological institution that will fundamentally change how we exchange value, and it’s called the blockchain. Now, that’s a pretty bold statement, but if you take nothing else away from this talk, I actually want you to remember that while blockchain technology is relatively new, it’s also a continuation of a very human story, and the story is this. As humans, we find ways to lower uncertainty about…

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    Quantum computing explained with a deck of cards | Dario Gil, IBM Research

    We have a very exciting last talk coming up. Dario Gil will take us into a quantum world. Dario is the Vice President of Science and Solutions at IBM research, where he leads over 1,500 engineers that are researching in technologies and physics, math, health care, life sciences and others. And while some of you will think, a quantum world, that’s too far out, I’m very sure Dario will tell us otherwise. So come up here on stage, please. Thank you. Thank you. I was joking with Mark that we couldn’t pick an easier topic to end the day, on quantum computing. But I’ll try to make it entertaining, and…

  • Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed | Roman Mars
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    Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed | Roman Mars

    I know what you’re thinking: “Why does that guy get to sit down?” That’s because this is radio. (Music) I tell radio stories about design, and I report on all kinds of stories: buildings and toothbrushes, mascots and wayfinding and fonts. My mission is to get people to engage with the design that they care about so they begin to pay attention to all forms of design. When you decode the world with design intent in mind, the world becomes kind of magical. Instead of seeing the broken things, you see all the little bits of genius that anonymous designers have sweated over to make our lives better. And that’s…

  • The 7 secrets of the greatest speakers in history | Richard Greene | TEDxOrangeCoast
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    The 7 secrets of the greatest speakers in history | Richard Greene | TEDxOrangeCoast

    Reviewer: Queenie Lee It’s 1903, and this extraordinary guy named Teddy Roosevelt is standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. At that time, people wanted to create hotels and spas and turn the Grand Canyon, in 1903, into a profit-making Disneyland of the environment. And he stood and said no. And he created a tipping point for the environmental movement and for the world. He said, “Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.” (Applause) The world would have been a different place today without those words, those tipping point words from President Theodore Roosevelt. Fast forward, his…

  • How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF
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    How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF

    Translator: Judith Matz Reviewer: Tatjana Jevdjic Bigger welcome! Hello, San Francisco! TEDx – oh my God, blinding light! Hi, everybody! How are you? (Audience cheering) Fine?! Oh my gosh! Okay, so… My name is Mel Robbins, and for the last seventeen years, I have done nothing but help people get everything that they want. Within reason! My husband’s here. So, I’ve done it in the courtroom, in the boardroom, in the bedroom, in people’s living room, whatever room you want to be in, if I’m there, I will help you get whatever you want by any means necessary. For the last three years – I host a syndicated radio show.…

  • The lethality of loneliness: John Cacioppo at TEDxDesMoines
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    The lethality of loneliness: John Cacioppo at TEDxDesMoines

    Translator: Tatjana Jevdjic Reviewer: Elisabeth Buffard When you look out onto the world, it certainly appears the Earth is flat. The ground beneath you is stable and unmoving, and stars and sun circle the Earth. Hundreds of years ago, elaborated theories were developed based on these common sense observations to explain and predict the reach of the oceans and the movement of celestial bodies. When science demonstrated that these common sense observations were illusions, and depicted the Earth and the Universe in a completely different way, people slowly came to accept that the world was not as it seemed. Scientific measurements and sophisticated calculations have repeatedly demonstrated that what we…