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  • Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions

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    Karen Eng
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Andrew Bastawrous shares the idea behind Peek at TED2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Around 39 million people in the world are affected by blindness — 80% of which could be avoided if people had timely access to diagnosis and proper treatment. The problem is that in many developing countries, most eye care providers are in cities, while the majority of patients live in hard-to-reach rural areas. To bridge this gap, London-based opthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous createdPeek — an app and adapter that turn a smartphone into a comprehensive, easy-to-use, accurate eye-exam tool.
  • TED: Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart? - Mundano (2014)

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    TEDTalks
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.
  • TED: Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart? - Mundano (2014)

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    TEDTalks
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.
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  • Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions

    Karen Eng
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Andrew Bastawrous shares the idea behind Peek at TED2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Around 39 million people in the world are affected by blindness — 80% of which could be avoided if people had timely access to diagnosis and proper treatment. The problem is that in many developing countries, most eye care providers are in cities, while the majority of patients live in hard-to-reach rural areas. To bridge this gap, London-based opthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous createdPeek — an app and adapter that turn a smartphone into a comprehensive, easy-to-use, accurate eye-exam tool.
  • Why the eff didn’t you watch these TED Talks? The 2014 edition

    Thu-Huong Ha
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At the end of every December, we at the office get a little indignant that some of our favorite TED Talks from the year didn’t seem to do as well as we’d hoped. Some amazing talks, for whatever reason — whether they’re too absurd, niche or quirky, or simply were posted at a less than ideal time — don’t resonate at first blush with our audience. Below, my picks for the top 10 great talks you might have missed this year, with mild to medium spiciness. 1. A speaker drops the F bomb in one of TED’s best outfits of the year. Why the eff don’t you…
  • A day of TEDx talks from people who dedicate their lives to the global good

    Kate Torgovnick May
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    UN worker Vincent Cochetel was kidnapped and held for 317 days in Chechnya in 1998. At TEDxPlacedesNations he spoke about his experience for the first time Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré/UN On the day he was released from his cell, Vincent Cochetel sported a beard “that would be trendy today.” It was not a fashion decision. In 1998, Cochetel, the director of the Bureau for Europe for the UN High Commission on Refugees, was kidnapped in Chechnya and held hostage for 317 days, most of that time chained to a bed. Last week, in a calm, measured and moving talk, Cochetel spoke for the first time in…
  • Meet the 2015 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

    tedstaff
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    We are thrilled to announce the new class of Fellows for TED2015. These 21 game-changing thinkers represent 15 countries—including, for the first time in our program, Vietnam, Romania and Tunisia. They work across disciplines, at the forefront of their fields. They include a South African physicist using lasers to target HIV and cancer; a German/Moroccan paleontologist who discovered the first semi-aquatic dinosaur, the spinosaurus; a Vietnamese entrepreneur who is helping rice farmers use biowaste to earn a living growing mushrooms; and many more. Below, meet the new group of Fellows who…
  • The first TEDx in Cuba: An event in Habana, two years in the making

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    17 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    A rooftop view of Habana, Cuba, which just welcomed its first TEDx event. Photo: Courtesy of Andres Levin By Jenny Groza Habana, Cuba, which was called “the rich man’s playground” before World War II, now evokes an air of mystery—a giant question mark. Are there still midcentury cars roaming the streets? Blighted neighborhoods with broken windows and collapsing roofs? Citizens eking out a living after years of oppression? These, says Andres Levin, the organizer of TEDxHabana, are common misconceptions about what life in Cuba is actually like. “There’s a thriving arts and music…
 
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  • TED: Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart? - Mundano (2014)

    TEDTalks
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.
  • TED: Bruno Torturra: Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting - Bruno Torturra (2014)

    TEDTalks
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he's experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.
  • TED: Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve - Carol Dweck (2014)

    TEDTalks
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
  • TED: Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn - Jeremy Howard (2014)

    TEDTalks
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.
  • TED: Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them - Vernā Myers (2014)

    TEDTalks
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
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  • TED: Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart? - Mundano (2014)

    TEDTalks
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.
  • TED: Bruno Torturra: Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting - Bruno Torturra (2014)

    TEDTalks
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he's experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.
  • TED: Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve - Carol Dweck (2014)

    TEDTalks
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
  • TED: Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn - Jeremy Howard (2014)

    TEDTalks
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.
  • TED: Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them - Vernā Myers (2014)

    TEDTalks
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
 
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