Where Minotaurs Come From.
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Dreams VS Reality.
News Anchors Fails of 2011.
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Just a flesh wound.
Bring out your dead!
From Full Metal Jacket.
Bob & Tom at it again.
This is hilarious.
I believe the medical term for this is headupassitis.
Texting gone bad.
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- Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong | Julia GalefPerspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs -- or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century […]
- How computers are learning to be creative | Blaise Agüera y ArcasWe're on the edge of a new frontier in art and creativity -- and it's not human. Blaise Agüera y Arcas, principal scientist at Google, works with deep neural networks for machine perception and distributed learning. In this captivating demo, he shows how neural nets trained to recognize images can be run in reverse, to generate them. The results: s […]
- How a blind astronomer found a way to hear the stars | Wanda Diaz MercedWanda Diaz Merced studies the light emitted by gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic events in the universe. When she lost her sight and was left without a way to do her science, she had a revelatory insight: the light curves she could no longer see could be translated into sound. Through sonification, she regained mastery over her work, and now she's ad […]
- What can we learn from shortcuts? | Tom HulmeHow do you build a product people really want? Allow consumers to be a part of the process. "Empathy for what your customers want is probably the biggest leading indicator of business success," says designer Tom Hulme. In this short talk, Hulme lays out three insightful examples of the intersection of design and user experience, where people have d […]
- Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian LittleWhat makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits -- sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Join Little as he dissects the surprising differences between in […]
- How to fix a broken education system ... without any more money | Seema BansalSeema Bansal forged a path to public education reform for 15,000 schools in Haryana, India, by setting an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80 percent of children should have grade-level knowledge. She's looking to meet this goal by seeking reforms that will work in every school without additional resources. Bansal and her team have found success using creative, […]
- Why genetic research must be more diverse | Keolu FoxNinety-six percent of genome studies are based on people of European descent. The rest of the world is virtually unrepresented -- and this is dangerous, says geneticist and TED Fellow Keolu Fox, because we react to drugs differently based on our genetic makeup. Fox is working to democratize genome sequencing, specifically by advocating for indigenous populat […]
- I survived a terrorist attack. Here's what I learned | Gill HicksGill Hicks's story is one of compassion and humanity, emerging from the ashes of chaos and hate. A survivor of the London terrorist bombings on July 7, 2005, she shares her story of the events of that day -- and the profound lessons that came as she learned how to live on. […]
- How better tech could protect us from distraction | Tristan HarrisHow often does technology interrupt us from what we really mean to be doing? At work and at play, we spend a startling amount of time distracted by pings and pop-ups -- instead of helping us spend our time well, it often feels like our tech is stealing it away from us. Design thinker Tristan Harris offers thoughtful new ideas for technology that creates more […]
- The birth of virtual reality as an art form | Chris MilkChris Milk uses innovative technologies to make personal, interactive, human stories. Accompanied by Joshua Roman on cello and McKenzie Stubbert on piano, Milk traces his relationship to music and art -- from the first moment he remembers putting on headphones to his current work creating breakthrough virtual reality projects. VR is the last medium for story […]
- Stack-Up.org Brings Peace, Not Violence, To Our Troops With Video Games June 29, 2016A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Steven Machuga, who has a background in charity work for members of the military. Machuga recently founded Stack-Up.org, a military-focused charity to realize his vision: bringing happiness and peace to deployed members of the military through care packages that feature video games. Video games have been shown t […]
- Teachers Say Technology Is The Most Important Investment For Schools June 29, 2016Teachers want more technology in their classrooms -- and fast. A new study from DonorsChoose.com, a nonprofit organization that lets teachers request items for their classes so donors can fulfill their requests, found that teachers rank technology as the most important expenditure for schools, followed by school supplies and books. In recent years, DonorsCh […]
- Uber Doesn't Do Much To Protect You From Drivers You Hate June 29, 2016Uber drivers and passengers may be paired together over and over again, even if they don't like one another. This can lead to safety concerns and reveals a substantial quality-of-life gap between Uber and Lyft's star rating systems. Lyft representatives told The Huffington Post that a driver and passenger will never ride with one another again if e […]
- 6 Eye-Opening Facts About How Differently Black And White People View Race June 29, 2016A new Pew Research study released Monday shows that black and white America have profoundly different views on race and inequality. The study, which involved 3,769 adults (1,799 whites, 1,004 blacks and 654 Hispanics) and was conducted between Feb. 29 through May 8, says that the results show how black and white America are worlds apart, and when it comes t […]
- Facebook Finally Did Something To Make Facebook Better For You June 29, 2016Of course, the media mostly freaked out on Tuesday after Facebook announced that it would be prioritizing posts from your family and friends over posts from media outlets in your news feed. Facebook warned publishers that they’d take a traffic hit with this latest change. But for normals, this seems like reasonably good news (even though it probably means ha […]
- Facebook Just Gave The Finger To Millions Of People Who Use It For News June 29, 2016Facebook planted a flag Wednesday, declaring that the site will give greater weight to material posted by your friends and deemphasize content published by businesses and media outlets. The social network approached the issue with a rare bit of candor, stating that the change to its News Feed will likely hurt traffic to external websites. “We anticipate that […]
- World Tweets Istanbul: We Have Your Back June 29, 2016The Turkish government's attempts to block local access to social media and news outlets couldn't stop people around the world from tweeting their support after Tuesday's deadly attack on Istanbul's international airport. The hashtags #PrayForIstanbul and #PrayForTurkey have been trending. From the U.S., presumptive Democratic presidentia […]
- Why the Vive is Winning VR June 29, 2016For decades, VR has been sold to us as a mythic escape into a big, open world of synthetic fantasy. In the 1980's, movies like Tron and the Lawnmower Man depicted protagonists exploring vast, action-packed neon landscapes. In the 1990's, Snow Crash and the Matrix described vivid journeys through, again, vast virtual landscapes. This awkwardly dated […]
- This Powerful Instagram Chronicles Important Moments In Lesbian Herstory June 29, 2016✊ Lesbians Against Police Violence marching in The Gay Freedom Day Parade, June 24, 1979, San Francisco #lesbianculture #lesbiansvstheman #1979 A photo posted by ⚢ (@h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y) on Jun 24, 2016 at 5:15am PDT An incredible new Instagram is compiling photos of lesbian herstory throughout the decades in one easy-to-find visual record. Curated by Kelly Rako […]
- Easily Distracted by Shiny Objects: Are New Technologies Threatening Your Mobile Strategy? June 29, 2016Every day it seems like there's a new wave of game-changing technology being unleashed upon the world -- the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and chat bots. These and other nascent technologies are poised to completely transform the way we live and work -- and the enterprise is taking notice. As more and more real li […]