• Nellie McKay: “The Dog Song”
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    Nellie McKay: “The Dog Song”

    I’d like to dedicate this next song to Carmelo, who was put to sleep a couple of days ago, because he got too old. But apparently he was a very nice dog and he always let the cat sleep in the dog bed. ♫ (Dog panting noise) Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh. ♫ ♫ I’m just a’walking my dog, singing my song, strolling along. ♫ ♫ Yeah, it’s just me and my dog, catching some sun. We can’t go wrong. ♫ ♫ My life was lonely and blue. ♫ ♫ Yeah, I was sad as a sailor, ♫ ♫ I was an angry ‘un too.…

  • The psychology of evil | Philip Zimbardo
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    The psychology of evil | Philip Zimbardo

    Philosophers, dramatists, theologians have grappled with this question for centuries: what makes people go wrong? Interestingly, I asked this question when I was a little kid. I grew up in the South Bronx, inner-city ghetto in New York, and I was surrounded by evil, as all kids are who grew up in an inner city. And I had friends who were really good kids, who lived out the Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde scenario — Robert Louis Stevenson. That is, they took drugs, got in trouble, went to jail. Some got killed, and some did it without drug assistance. So when I read Robert Louis Stevenson, that wasn’t fiction. The only…

  • Steven Johnson: The Web and the city
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    Steven Johnson: The Web and the city

    I want to take you back basically to my hometown, and to a picture of my hometown of the week that “Emergence” came out. And it’s a picture we’ve seen several times. Basically, “Emergence” was published on 9/11. I live right there in the West Village, so the plume was luckily blowing west, away from us. We had a two-and-a-half-day-old baby in the house that was ours — we hadn’t taken it from somebody else. (Laughter) And one of the thoughts that I had dealing with these two separate emergences of a book and a baby, and having this event happen so close — that my first thought, when I…

  • The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie
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    The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie

    Before the creation of humanity, the Greek gods won a great battle against a race of giants called the Titans. Most Titans were destroyed or driven to the eternal hell of Tartarus. But the Titan Prometheus, whose name means foresight, persuaded his brother Epimetheus to fight with him on the side of the gods. As thanks, Zeus entrusted the brothers with the task of creating all living things. Epimetheus was to distribute the gifts of the gods among the creatures. To some, he gave flight; to others, the ability to move through water or race through grass. He gave the beasts glittering scales, soft fur, and sharp claws. Meanwhile, Prometheus…

  • Ze Frank’s web playroom
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    Ze Frank’s web playroom

    Every presentation needs this slide in it. (Laughter) It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Do you see? All the points, all the lines — it’s incredible. It is the network; and in my case, the network has been important in media, because I get to connect to people. Isn’t it amazing? Through that, I connect to people. And the way that I’ve been doing it has been multifaceted. For example, I get people to dress up their vacuum cleaners. (Laughter) I put together projects like Earth Sandwich, where I ask people to try and simultaneously place two pieces of bread perfectly opposite each other on the Earth. And people started laying bread…

  • Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web
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    Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web

    TED is 30. The world wide web is celebrating this month its 25th anniversary. So I’ve got a question for you. Let’s talk about the journey, mainly about the future. Let’s talk about the state. Let’s talk about what sort of a web we want. So 25 years ago, then, I was working at CERN. I got permission in the end after about a year to basically do it as a side project. I wrote the code. I was I suppose the first user. There was a lot of concern that people didn’t want to pick it up because it would be too complicated. A lot of persuasion, a lot…

  • The dark web | Alan Pearce | TEDxBrighton
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    The dark web | Alan Pearce | TEDxBrighton

    Translator: Walter Wekkesser Reviewer: Denise RQ Hello. Alright, deep web. What is the deep web? Actually, it is the hidden part of the Internet; I could go into more detail, no time, but let’s just say – but actually is as dull as dishwater, most of it – the hidden part of the Internet is the kind of place where if you want to be anonymous, you most certainly can, but, in many ways, we are looking at a parallel universe, we are looking at an alternative Internet, a place where people communicate secretly and securely away from the prying eyes of governments. At this level of the deep web,…

  • Tim Berners-Lee: The next Web of open, linked data
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    Tim Berners-Lee: The next Web of open, linked data

    Time flies. It’s actually almost 20 years ago when I wanted to reframe the way we use information, the way we work together: I invented the World Wide Web. Now, 20 years on, at TED, I want to ask your help in a new reframing. So going back to 1989, I wrote a memo suggesting the global hypertext system. Nobody really did anything with it, pretty much. But 18 months later — this is how innovation happens — 18 months later, my boss said I could do it on the side, as a sort of a play project, kick the tires of a new computer we’d got. And so he…

  • Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web
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    Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web

    My name is Amit. And 18 months ago, I had another job at Google, and I pitched this idea of doing something with museums and art to my boss who’s actually here, and she allowed me to do it. And it took 18 months. A lot of fun, negotiations and stories, I can tell you, with 17 very interesting museums from nine countries. But I’m going to focus on the demo. There are a lot of stories about why we did this. I think my personal story is explained very simply on the slide, and it’s access. And I grew up in India. I had a great education — I’m…