Best of TED

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks are usually under 20 minutes, and each of them presents some unique ideas from very diverse fields: physics, economy, biology, technology…
They are extremely entertaining and addictive, so here’s a compilation of some of the best 40 TED talks.

MIT 20.010J Introduction to Bioengineering

Bioengineering at MIT is represented by the diverse curricula offered by most Departments in the School of Engineering. The beginning lectures describe the science basis for bioengineering with particular emphasis on molecular cell biology and systems biology. Bioengineering faculty will then describe the bioengineering options in a particular engineering course as well as the type of research conducted by faculty in the department.

Intro to Quantum Computing

Prof. Michele Mosca, deputy director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, delivers an introduction to quantum information processing during the 2011 Undergraduate School on Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP).

Google Tech Talks: Artificial General Intelligence

When the AI field was founded over 50 years ago, it was squarely focused on the grand dream of creating software displaying general intelligence at the human level or beyond. Since that time the field has drifted in a direction Ray Kurzweil has called “Narrow AI”: the creation of intelligent software applications carrying out highly particular functions.

Dr. Ben Goertzel gives an interesting talk about the development of AGI – Artificial General Intelligence, the original ideas about what an AI is, in particular describing the Novamente AI engine.
Dr Ben Goertzel is the author of The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind and Artificial General Intelligence (Cognitive Technologies).

Are We Ready For the Coming ‘Age of Abundance?’

Of all the forces that will impact business in the future, several mega-trends stand out: disruptions in technology, demographics and emerging markets.

This is a Big Think panel made up of Michael Schrage, MIT Sloan School of Management research fellow, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X-Prize Foundation, and Isabel Aguilera, former CEO of Google’s Spain & Portugal operations.

Ray Kurzweil on 2009 Longevity Conference

Famed inventor and futurist tell scientists gathered at the 2009 Longevity Conference that we are “very close to a tipping point in human history.” According to his projections, in 15 years we will be adding more than one year every year to YOUR lifespan.
It’s a very interesting lecture by a very interesting person. Kurzweil is known for his quite accurate predictions of the future so although some of the points he makes sound pretty incredible, they are actually very possible.

Larry Smarr – Supercomputing and the Human Brain

Larry Smarr discusses the state of the art in supercomputing, with a focus on how current computation compares to the human brain and when supercomputers will surpass human processing power. Current supercomputers are estimated to match the human visual cortex and will reach human brain’s computational ability within the next twenty years.

Robert Zubrin – The Case for Mars

Robert Zubrin is an American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of manned Mars exploration. He was the driving force behind Mars Direct—a proposal intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission. Here is his talk about exploration and colonization of Mars, with all the technical details although the lecture is a bit aged, but still very interesting and funny at moments. It’s given to the 15th Annual Meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness held in San Diego, California; June 1997.

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