TED talks

Giorgia Lupi

Every month our team picks one talk from the ever expanding TED library to share on our blog. This time we hear from Giorgia Lupi who uses data to tell human stories, adding nuance to numbers.

 
Giorgia shares how we can bring personality to data, visualizing even the mundane details of our daily lives and transforming the abstract and uncountable into something that can be seen, felt and directly reconnected to our lives.

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Joseph Redmon

Every other week our team sits down to pick the TED talk of the moment. This time we stumbled upon the brilliant man behind You Only Look Once. An inspiring story about computer vision.

About the speaker
Computer scientist Joseph Redmon is working on the YOLO algorithm. The algorithm looks like the simple face detection of a camera app but with the level complexity of systems like Google’s Deep Mind Cloud Vision, using Convolutional Deep Neural Networks to crunch object detection in realtime.

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Stuart Russel

The first TED talk in 2018 is about human compatible AI. A vision for human-compatible AI that can solve problems using common sense, altruism and other human values.

About this speaker
Stuart Russell is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California at Berkeley. His book Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (with Peter Norvig) is the standard text in AI; it has been translated into 13 languages and is used in more than 1,300 universities in 118 countries.

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Jim Stolze

We didn’t have to look very far to find this month’s TED talk. Our co-founder Jim Stolze spoke at TEDxAmsterdam last week.

It is said to be THE discussion of our time: how will we deal with artificial intelligence and the rise of the robots? In his talk at TEDxAmsterdam 2017, tech-entrepreneur Jim Stolze will share his personal view on this heated debate. Using a metaphor from the past he gives us a new way to look at the future.

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Zeynep Tufekci

The TED talk of the month discusses big questions about our societies and our lives, as both algorithms and digital connectivity spread. Complex algorithms that watch, judge and nudge us.

About the speaker
Zeynep Tufekci is a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her book, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, was published in 2017 by Yale University Press.

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Maurice Conti

The TED talk of the month comes from designer, futurist and innovator Maurice Conti. At TEDxPortland he showed how robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.

About this speaker
Maurice Conti is the Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Autodesk. He also leads Autodesk’s Applied Research Lab, which he built from the ground up. His team’s research focuses on advanced robotics, applied machine learning, the Internet of Things and climate change/sea level rise.

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Heather Knight

The TED talk of the month comes from Heather Knight, the assistant Director of Robotics at Humanity+. At TEDWomen 2010 she introduced us to -a joke telling- Marilyn Monrobot.

About the speaker
Heather Knight is conducting her doctoral research at the intersection of robotics and entertainment at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Her installations have been featured at the Smithsonian-Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, LACMA, SIGGRAPH, PopTech and the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy.

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Sam Harris

The TED talk of the week comes from neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris. We’re going to build superhuman machines, he says, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.

About the speaker
Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books cover a wide range of topics — neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, spirituality, violence, human reasoning — but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. His work has been published in more than 20 languages and has been discussed in the New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and many other journals. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Times (London), the Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology and elsewhere.

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David Autor

Every other Tuesday our team sits together to watch a TED Talk. Today we listened to professor David Autor. In this video, recorded at TEDxCambridge in September 2016, he addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.

About this speaker
David Autos is one of the leading labor economists in the world and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Professor of Economics and associate department head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics. His best known research formally models and empirically analyzes how computerization substitutes for and complements human labor; asks how the rapid rise of import competition from China has reshaped U.S. manufacturing, upending the conventional economic wisdom that free trade is a free lunch; explores how the economic pressures of globalization are reshaping U.S. electoral politics; and conducts large-scale randomized experiments that test whether generous financial aid grants improve the odds of college completion and long-run economic security of students from low income families.

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Tim Leberecht

Every other Tuesday our team sits together to watch a TED Talk. Today we listened to Tim Leberecht. In this video, recorded at the TED Summit in 2016, he gives tips on how to build a human company in the age of machines.

 

About this speaker
Now running strategy consulting firm Leberecht & Partners, Tim Leberecht was previously the chief marketing officer at NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm, and at Frog Design. He also co-founded the “15 Toasts” dinner series that creates safe spaces for people to have conversations on difficult topics.

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