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The One Prediction at TED That Really Will Come True | WIRED []
“For anyone to tell you Mars will be there to back up humanity is like the captain of the Titanic telling you that the real party is happening later on the life boats,” Walkowicz said. “It is hubris to believe that interplanetary colonization will be enough to save us from ourselves.”
vr  thefuture  mars  ted  perspective 
march 2015 by kme
#134 The TED Conference | Stuff White People Like -

One of the easiest ways to create something that white people will like is to create something that will allow them to feel smart but doesn’t require a large amount of work, time, or effort. There is, however, a catch. Whatever it is that you create cannot be a shortcut. You see white people like the idea of getting smarter quickly, but they don’t like the idea of people thinking that they are lazy. It is a bit of a paradox, but it does explain why white people only like Cliff Notes if they are part of some sort of hilarious college story about last-minute studying for an exam. And why they consider it highly unacceptable to use cliff notes or Wikipedia to get a rough understanding of a book you don’t want to read.
ted  criticism  npr  race  stuffwhitepeoplelike  humor  satire 
march 2014 by kme
Jan Chipchase: The anthropology of mobile phones | Talk Video | TED -
Meh. But I thought the part about Sente ("money," to send money as airtime) was interesting.
money  africa  mobile  communication  cellular  anthropology  memory  video  ted 
march 2014 by kme

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