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TED 2011 Prize Winner JR Changes the World Using Art

Written on March 07, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The art of changing the world requires no professional training. It's an attribute that's innate in every human being ever since birth.

It’s not only the technology or the gadgets, nor the politicians or the brilliant academic minds that change the world; it’s the people who think outside the box, the people who dedicate their lives for the love of the art. Their works not only inspire creativity, but also evokes a distinct feeling that makes us look into ourselves and the world all over. JR, a French guerilla artist, had humble beginnings as he naively does graffiti on the streets of Paris. Later on in his career, with the use of a camera equipped with a 28mm lens, he uncovers the faces of the world that are arguably controversial, but universally inspiring. As he wins the Technology Entertainment Design 2011 (TED 2011) Prize, he only has one wish, and that is for us to “turn the world inside out.”

Check out his talk at the TED 2011 Conference at Long Beach California after the break.

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TED 2011 Participants Jump into Google’s Self-Driving Cars

Written on March 04, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google's self-driving cars take TED 2011 participants on a wild ride; may plot to take over humanity soon.

TED 2011 is so far an amazing experience to the attendees. They get to listen up-close and personal to the greatest minds of the world, witness first hand the marvelous innovations people around the country are up to, and go on a wild ride using Google’s self-driving device. Yes, the people over at the Technology Entertainment and Design Conference over at Long Beach, California will aggressively cruise through a series of sharp curves and cones using, of all the companies, Google’s self-driving cars which may look scary at first, but turned out to be one heck of a ride after.

It looks like the car is pretty much self-aware as it is able to identify objects or persons walking infront of it. We’re just staggered because it seems like it’s only a matter of time until the human race will create the harbinger of a post-humanity era. Check out the video after the break!

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Wadah Khanfar Stresses Importance of Technology, Media and Youth [VIDEO]

Written on March 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Wadah Khanfar, the head of the Al Jazeera network, shares his optimistic and profound view of what’s happening in the Arab nations as he gives his thoughts and opinions on how technology, media, and the youth could shape the future. It’s all happening at the Technology Entertainment Design Conference, TED 2011.

For many decades, the Arab world has been in discord with war and political instability that has clouded the future of a region where the world often watches. But never before has the future looked so bright as technology and media empowers the Arab nations’ youth in expressing their firm stand against tyranny and dictatorship with the use of tools like Facebook and Twitter. Proof of this is the recent victory of Egypt against its corrupt leaders and the current heat that’s going on in Libya.

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TED 2011: Virtual Choir Brings Down the House

Written on March 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Internet has evolved into anything the user wants it to become, including an ethereal virtual choir that transcends the barriers of distance.

We’re entering day 3 of TED 2011, and so far this is the presentation that wowed the audience and the world over as it is the only one that has received a standing ovation, which is usually reserved for speakers later in the event’s line-up. But Eric Whitacre and his virtual choir certainly sweeped the crowd off their feet using nothing more than webcams and an internet connection.

The group is composed of choir members from around the globe which includes Austria, Argentina, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the United States of America. The title of the piece was “Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold),” a composition based on a poem by Edward Esch. Hit the break to watch the video!

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