Friday, February 29, 2008
There's nothing to make an English man shit faster than a picture of George Washington... Doris Kearns Goodwin, quoting Abraham Lincoln
All evil starts with 15 volts... Stanley Zimbardo, on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment
To be a hero, you need to learn to be a deviant... Stanley Zimbardo
Al Queda does not have a return address.... Irwin Redlener, on the ability to ever actually find or contain the terrorist group
Don't look at it... Irwin Redlener, on what to do if a nuclear bomb goes off near you
I was just told I got a D- in Genocide, how do I get it up to a C?... Samantha Power, on how politicians are now trying to upgrade their genocide policies
Fear is a bad advisor... Samantha Power
Advertising is the price companies pay to be unoriginal... Yves Behar, quoting someone whose name escapes me
If it isn't beautiful, it doesn't belong on your face... Yves Behar, on the reason behind the new Jawbone©
It's no longer about putting skins on technology... Yves Behar, on designing from within
If anyone asks why you're carrying around a condom, just say you like the design... Yves Behar
The secret is letting dead people do the work for you... Robert J. Lang, on modern origami
I.Q. test say you become brain surgeon! So study lots!... Amy Tan, on misguided advice
By imagining, I find particles of truth... Amy Tan
When I saw Al Gore in the audience, I said my boyfriend's back and there's gonna be trouble... Tom Reilly
Music is the best way to restore speech and memory in people who have had strokes and suffer from Alzheimers... Tod Machover
TED always shows a couple of their favorite commercials from around the world.
Typically they serve as, well, commercial breaks between the various talks.
First up was the Sony Bravia commercial that Frank Budgen helmed to the Stones
"she comes in colors everywhere": wonderful to see this on a high definition 20 foot screen!
And a spot that I hadn't seen before for Dove called Onslaught. Which can be done better
justice by watching it on youtube versus me trying to describe it here: a powerful commercial
from the folks who brought you Evolution.
The last line is fantastic: talk to your daughtr before the fashion industry does. wow.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
BIL stands for Beauty. Ingenious. Learning. It is described as an
open self organizing, emergent,and anarchic science and technology conference.
Nobody is in charge.
If you want to come, just show up.
If you have an idea to spread, start talking.
If someone is saying something interesting, stop and listen.
BIL is too kind hearted to say so, but the implication is that TED is part of the problem it means to solve. TED is top down, centralized, hierarchical, elite driven, celebrity centered, and, at $6000 a ticket, really expensive. "
Click here for details.
Click here for the full story.
Here's a few points that blew my mind:
1. Memes are replicating information with variation and in that way they are acting like genes. In other words, memes are fighting for selection in the same way genetic mutations do. So the first replicator was genes. The second replicator is memes
2. Memes are responsible for our big brains because our species are very good replicators. Susan referenced and earlier talk by Louise Leakey who said that four or five branches of our species didn't make it. Susan postulated that memes may have been the big difference.
3. Memes co-evolve with us.
4. Most other species are not good replicators.
5. Temes are the next replicator. Temes are technology driven replicators. "Welcome to the Matrix."
The next session is starting in a second. So that's all for now. Go get her book "The Meme Machine."
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Apologies to Microsoft for the headline, but it's a convenient way to describe their very cool Worldwide Telescope project.
Check it here: http://worldwidetelescope.org/
The demo was jaw-dropping. Another big hit for Miocrosoft to follow Photosynth. We were told it will be live this spring (soon). In the meantime check out the videos. The question is, will it work on mac? Probably not.
What a day. It started off this morning with a couple hours of TED University; sort of a mini fringe TED with a number of unique speakers giving talks that are 12 minutes long.
Quote of the day for me: "How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brains from the inside out?"
Jill Bolte Taylor gave a downright spiritual talk about moving through her brain, from hemisphere to hemisphere while having a stroke. A beautiful talk and she brought a real brain.
Here's his first talk from 2003. One of my all time favorites.