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TED - A Taste of TED - 2007

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[TED] [♫ piano music ♫] [MONTEREY CALIFORNIA] [MARCH 7-10 2007] [MONTEREY CONFERENCE CENTER ONE PORTOLA PLAZA] [TOM RIELLY] What's amazing is right now people are starting to arrive; and there's this sense of excitement. They know this is something special. The whole thing about Ted that I like is that it brings together these people [SIRKEN ROBINSON] from lots of different backgrounds. You know, you've got scientists, artists, Right now, I'm making a lot of final choices [HANS ROSLING] So that's how it is. [TED] ♫♫ [CHRIS ANDERSON] I must warn you that at some point during the next four days your brain might explode. By then, you won't even care. It's time for TED. [applause] The discovery of life elsewhere in our solar system, whether it be on Enceladus or elsewhere, would have enormous cultural and scientific implications because if we could demonstrate that genesis had occurred, [CAROLYN PORCO] not once, but twice, independently in our solar system, then that means by inference it has occurred a staggering number of times throughout the universe in its 13.7 billion year history. [STEVEN PINKER] The original title of this session was, "Everything you know is wrong," and I'm going to present evidence that this particular part of our common understanding is wrong, that, in fact, our ancestors were far more violent than we are, that violence has been in decline for long stretches of time, and that today, we are probably living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence. As the bacteria we was, we had no idea of [PHILIPPE STARCK] what we are today. And today, we have no idea of what we shall be in four billion years. And this territory is fantastic, that is our poetry. I thought Philippe Starck's slideless presentation yesterday [JONATHAN HARRIS] was incredible. I loved what he said about vision, and not looking too far down, and not looking too far up, but looking at the right angle forward. The perspective of everyone here is [JJ ABRAMS] so specific, that I think the fun, and the beauty of these talks, is to appreciate and relate to people who are in incredibly different fields than you are. Every city in the world can be improved [JAIME LERNER] Every time you have a carrot instead of a cookie, [EMILY OSTER] every time you go to the gym instead of going to the movies, that's a costly investment in your health. And I wanted to figure out how I could [JEFF SKOLL] take the blessing of these resources and share it with the world. I didn't see Hans Rosling's talk, but I had the privilege of having lunch with him, and [SIR RICHARD BRANSON] it's just fascinating that every single person you meet is doing something incredible. It is the enormous impact of the... That was the big impact. And it's so fascinating. I've started to think in the term of web 2.0 for e-learning. I want the main universities of the world to compete on what rank they have on Google venue. Well, it's a little terrifying, because you look through the list of who's here, and you realize these are all the people in the world [LAWRENCE LESSIG] you'd like hear what you have to say. So, it's your one shot, 18 minutes, to get them to hear something. I was thinking about this, what to talk about at TED, when I talked to the kind rep from TED, and I said, "Listen, what should I talk about?" He said, "Don't worry about it. Just be profound." [audience laughter] It's the impression that you get of just this huge diversity of expertise, and passion, and skill, and I just love it. I mean I go to lots of conferences, but this is more like a rock concert— honestly, truthfully. I've never been to a conference before where people are actually pushing people aside to get into the room. It's normally the other way around. People are kind of scrambling to get out. [crowd noise] [15 MINUTES BEFORE TED PRIZE] [♫ quiet music ♫, crowd noise] [♫ quiet music ♫] TED PRIZE The TED prize is a marvelous idea to reward people who've [AUBREY de GREY] already done a great deal of important things. At the moment what they're doing is they're awarding three of these things each year, so this year— The TED prize winners today, no one can beat Bill Clinton, [RIVES] and no one's going to be more compassionate than EO Wilson, and I think James Nachtwey just has these colossal balls for doing what he does. I'm a witness, and I want my testimony to be honest and uncensored. I also want it to be powerful, [JAMES NACHTWEY] and eloquent, and to do as much justice as possible to the experience of the people I'm photographing. [EO WILSON] If we were to wipe out insects alone, which we are trying hard to do, the rest of life, and humanity with it, would mostly disappear. We have a chance here, [BILL CLINTON] to prove that a country that almost slaughtered itself out of existence can practice reconciliation, reorganize itself, focus on tomorrow, and provide comprehensive quality health care with minimal outside help. [♫ music ♫] [CLOSING BEACH PARTY] If it was like a piece of music, there would be these really emotional upswells, [ERIN MCKEAN] and then there would be kind of this deep baseline of intellectualism, all the way through. It was very exhilarating. [JAMES DEMETRIOS] I think what was cool about it is that it was basically kind of an idea-harvesting place. One of the things I'm happy about, is it's the most diverse TED ever, the most international TED ever, and I think certainly the most musical TED ever. [♫ brass music ♫] [THOMAS DOLBY] Some fantastic guests, Paul Simon, Tracy Chapman, They Might be Giants, [s/l Raul McDon], my own house band, which is with a live brass section this year, for the first time. The music is great at TED, because people are so overstimulated intellectually, that a little bit of musical relaxation is a very good thing. [♫ Tracy Chapman sings with acoustic guitar ♫] [TRACY CHAPMAN] [♫ quiet music ♫] The future of TED really is about continuing to take risks. Can we make Pangea a big success? [TOM RIELLY] Will Instead change the world? Is OAN going to really be amazing? Will we bring affordable health care to Rwanda? Are we going to help James Nachtwey tell his story? Are we going to build an encyclopedia of life? Those are awfully interesting questions, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what the results are going to be. [♫ quiet music ♫] [TED TALKS 2007] [COMING SOON]

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Duration: 7 minutes and 18 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: TED
Director: TED
Views: 2,550
Posted by: mlsmolens on May 31, 2007

Wondering what happened at TED2007? Curious about the new season of TEDTalks? Catch a sneak preview with this 7-minute Taste of TED documentary

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