Music is inherently orderly (at least, most of it is), but you'd never know it by looking at a page full of notes and notation. However, a new TED video shows how the backbone of any piece of music—rhythm—can be easily visualized using a simple wheel and hand.
How many times did you use the word awesome today? Five, ten, fifteen times? We use the word awesome so often and, most of the time, so incorrectly that the term has lost its original sense— maybe forever. Comedian Jill Shargaa explains why in this AWESOME TED talk.
When MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte says that humans will be able to learn an entire language by eating a pill, you better listen. In this new TED Talk, Negroponte shows all the times he was right predicting the future in the 1970s and 1980s even while people laughed at him. Here's what he thinks that…
"In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, innovative ideas have become more important than ever. Watch and take note on how to survive the "human apocalypse" in a special DED Talk presented by a zombie who has seen it all."
Silent parks. Designing for disabilities. Human-powered data. Garbage anthropology. World-class sidewalks. Floating favelas. Paint as infrastructure. These are the keys to the cities of the future, according to the most recent TED conference, City 2.0.
If you're a believer in science, you're probably at least vaguely aware that prevailing theories posit that the birds of today are distant relatives to the dinosaurs that died off millions of years ago.
Chinese artist Liu Bolin does a wonderful job of hiding himself in all kinds of locations, but this video reveals exactly how he does it.
Miguel Nicolelis is an ambitious man. For years he's been decoding brain signals and trying to use them as electrical commands for robots—and now he's at a stage where he can get a monkey to mentally control a robot which is 7,000 miles away. This is how he does it.
Your favorite apps are there to cater to your every whim. At least until it's time to cater to the whims of a monolith that wants to know your personal details, and is willing to pay top dollar for them. Here's what you really mean to the photo sharing services—and basically everything else—of the world, compliments…
I'm sure the new Onion's TED parody is funny, but I was just too impatient to sit through all that talk about how we consume, digest and poop out news even before they are fully written. So I jumped to the end, when a dog eats an apple pie, a moment I've waited to see in detail since they released their series trailer.
The Onion's TED parody series rolls on, with what may be the best—and most scathing—round yet. The target this time? Social media, a joyous place where ideas are a waste of time, and talent is irrelevant.
We haven't checked in on The Onion's brutal TED Talk parody series, but now's as good a time as any to get caught up. Above is the most recent, a breakdown of farm animal noises with rapidly escalating pretension. And below? Maybe the purest distillation of TED yet.
Wouldn't it be great if cars ran off of compost? That's not the topic of a TED Talk, but, sadly, that small nugget of an idea is all you would need to to be granted the freedom to pontificate before an audience of naive dreamers at a hokey conference. Welcome to The Onion's first TED Talk parody. It's incredible.…
TED Talks! What was once a proud educational lecture series long ago descended into a smug parade of increasingly ridiculous ideas. They've never been more ripe for skewering. Thank goodness The Onion noticed.
"Siri, do I have Parkinson's?" That might sound flippant, but actually new research shows that it's possible to detect Parkinson's symptoms simply by using algorithms to detect changes in voice recordings.
This week's Internet-based teapot tempest swirled around the venerable TED talks, which were accused by one presenter of censoring his talk because he spoke truth to power and talked about income inequality.
You don't always walk away from a TED Talk feeling like you've learned something useful, but this time you will. Joe Smith presents a simple but incredibly useful technique that guarantees you can dry your hands using just a single square of paper towel.