• 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.…

  • How humans and AI can work together to create better businesses | Sylvain Duranton
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    How humans and AI can work together to create better businesses | Sylvain Duranton

    Translator: Ivana Korom Reviewer: Krystian Aparta Let me share a paradox. For the last 10 years, many companies have been trying to become less bureaucratic, to have fewer central rules and procedures, more autonomy for their local teams to be more agile. And now they are pushing artificial intelligence, AI, unaware that cool technology might make them more bureaucratic than ever. Why? Because AI operates just like bureaucracies. The essence of bureaucracy is to favor rules and procedures over human judgment. And AI decides solely based on rules. Many rules inferred from past data but only rules. And if human judgment is not kept in the loop, AI will bring…

  • 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…

  • Why working from home is good for business | The Way We Work, a TED series
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    Why working from home is good for business | The Way We Work, a TED series

    The basic problem with working in an office is you’re just not in control of your work environment. [The Way We Work] Howdy, my name is Matt, and I’m the CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Jetpack and WooCommerce. We’re coming up on over 800 employees, and they live everywhere, from California to Alabama, Mississippi, to where I live in Texas. They’re also in 67 countries. Canada, Mexico, India, New Zealand. Some of them choose not even to have a home base, they’re nomads. Whether they are in RVs or traveling through Airbnbs, they are in new places every day, week or month. As long as they can find…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual
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    Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

    You know, culture was born of the imagination, and the imagination — the imagination as we know it — came into being when our species descended from our progenitor, Homo erectus, and, infused with consciousness, began a journey that would carry it to every corner of the habitable world. For a time, we shared the stage with our distant cousins, Neanderthal, who clearly had some spark of awareness, but — whether it was the increase in the size of the brain, or the development of language, or some other evolutionary catalyst — we quickly left Neanderthal gasping for survival. By the time the last Neanderthal disappeared in Europe, 27,000 years…