Science fiction visions of the future show us AI built to replicate our way of thinking — but what if we modeled it instead on the other kinds of intelligence found in nature? Robotics engineer Radhika Nagpal studies the collective intelligence displayed by insects and fish schools, seeking to understand their rules of engagement. In a visionary talk, she presents her work creating artificial collective power and previews a future where swarms of robots work together to build flood barriers, pollinate crops, monitor coral reefs and form constellations of satellites.
This versatile bot clads itself in different exoskeletons that let it tackle unique environmental challenges.
Rock legend Tom Petty died at the age of 66 late Monday. Emerging in the late ‘70s, he and his band the Heartbreakers became a major fixture in in rock ‘n’ roll with catchy songs like “Free Fallin’” that bridged both classic and newer rock sounds. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Ann Powers of NPR about Petty’s legacy.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the horrific massacre at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas and national debate about access to guns, plus seeming tensions between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the consequences for American diplomacy.
Americans are inherently a little crazy. But now the crazy is being enabled by politicians in the White House and by the internet. How exactly did it get so bad?
In this lighthearted talk Dominic Walliman gives us four guiding principles for easy science communication and unravels the myth that quantum physics is difficult to understand, it’s all in how it’s explained. Dominic Walliman is a physicist, and award-winning science writer. He received his PhD in quantum device physics from the University of Birmingham and currently works at D-Wave Systems Inc., a quantum computing company in Vancouver. Dominic grew up reading science books and remembers vividly the excitement of discovering the mind-boggling explanations that science gives us about the Universe. If he can pass on this wonder and enjoyment to the next generation, he will consider it a job well done. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
In a classic research-based TEDx Talk, Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015.
In this riveting talk, Chris Kemp reflects on his personal life and long military career to formulate and share lessons on trust-based leadership. Chris is a Brigadier General (Retired), US Army, with over 34 years of experience in Telecommunications, IT, and Cyber Security, along with 17 years in the law enforcement profession. During his time with the Army, Chris served at every level of command from Platoon Leader to Division Commander. He was forward deployed multiple times, serving as a staff principal for Third US Army and as the Commander of a Signal Brigade in Afghanistan and a Theater Signal Command in Kuwait. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Should NFL players be allowed to protest the National Anthem? Was President Trump correct in condemning them? Join Sami Jarroush, Tom RIchey and HipHughes for a lively discussion of the NFL and Drumpf’s latest comments regarding the protests.
Travel—and experiencing other cultures—opens your mind. Nobody knows this better than Bryan Cranston, who spent two consecutive years (at 19 and 20) on a motorcycle with his brother, exploring America and figuring out what it was that he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Needless to say he became a major figure in American acting. With pivotal roles in Breaking Bad and Trumbo that—no exaggeration here—have helped reshape not only American television but American masculinity, it shows just how meaningful being purposefully lost can be. That way, you can truly find yourself.