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TED2014: Technology Highlights

TED2014: Technology Highlights

Perspective// Posted by: Christine Mason / 26 Mar 2014

As TED becomes increasingly conceptual, it’s easy to forget that the T stands for Technology. We are, as usual, astonished by the “future is here now” qualities of these talks from 2014. Satellites 1/1000th of the size, with 10x the camera power: Will Marshall “The goal is to democratize access to information about our planet.” Bionic advances fueled by love: Hugh Herr “I thought: Technology is broken. Technology is inadequate. This simple but powerful idea was a call to arms to advance technology to the elimination of my own disability, and ultimately the disabilities of others.” Moore’s law and General Fusion: Michel Laberge “Fusion is getting very close. We’re almost there.” 3D printing gets real: Avi Reichenthal “The printer doesn’t care whether it makes the most rudimentary or most complex shape.” Virtual Reality in sports: Chris Kluwe “We can use augmented reality as a way to foster more empathy within the human species itself. It shows what it looks like to literally walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,” Epibone, printing tissues: Nina Tandon “In a handful of unconventional labs and studios around the globe, artists and scientists are hybridizing their expertise to create a whole new form: bioart. Their materials are living cells, proteins, tissues, and DNA. Their tools include electrodes, centrifuges, incubators, and sterile test tubes.” The AI TEDPrize challenge: Peter Diamandis “We’re here today to join forces and announce the creation of a new XPRIZE,” says Anderson. “Here’s the concept—it will be presented to the first artificial intelligence to come to this stage and give a TED Talk compelling enough to win a standing ovation from the audience.” Call it the A.I. XPRIZE presented by TED.

Christine Mason
Christine maps new markets for emerging technologies, scouts for strategic expansion opportunities, and guides internal innovation strategies for leading companies.