Truth and Dare


TED2015 Livecast from Vancouver

When: Wednesday, March 18th 2015
Where: Enschede, De Kleine Willem
What time: 08.30 – 12.30 hours
Host: Brahma T. Ramsodit
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From Vancouver to Enschede; in this morning session, after a good breakfast, host Brahma T. Ramsodit took us to the world of TED. In the week of March 18th the annual TED conference in Vancouver was held themed ‘Truth and Dare’. The talks seeks to challenge and reshape our core beliefs about today’s reality. Because we’re not all able to be there in Canada, we’re streaming one block of TED talks during this event. After watching the talks we’re filled with energy and inspiration to start our second part of the morning. In an interactive and creative session we dared you to work with the mind blowing ideas – we heard earlier that day!

>> Jusra blogs: “I was simply blown away!”


TED2015 block ‘Machines that learn’
Explore the possibilities of artificial intelligence, and how it could transform … pretty much everything.

  • Fei-Fei Li directs Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Vision Lab. There, she thinks about some of AI’s thorniest problems — like how machines can develop language processing and image recognition.
  • Though his startup Second Spectrum, Rajiv Maheswaran uses data analysis tools to help basketball teams up their game.
  • Chris Urmson develops self-driving cars that thrive in both urban and off-roading environments. As the Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google[x], his team has developed cars that have driven over three quarters of a million miles.
  • Mathematician and code breaker Jim Simons had already revolutionized geometry when he founded Renaissance hedge fund. Now he is mastering yet another field: philanthropy.
  • At Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, Nick Bostrom asks big questions. For example: What does it mean to be human? And can we improve our human nature with technological enhancements?
  • Abe Davis is a creator of the “visual microphone,” an algorithm that takes the vibrations of ordinary objects in video footage — say, a potato chip bag — and extracts the audio track of what’s going on around them.

TED2015 speakers 'Machines that learn'