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In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

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Chris Anderson interviews Edward Snowden on a telepresence robot.

Chris Anderson interviews Edward Snowden on a telepresence robotic. Photograph: Bret Hartman

So what went down at TED on day two? Nicely, rather a lot, because it occurs. As curator Chris Anderson commented relatively tiredly later, “that was probably the most intense day of TED I can keep in mind, ever.” Right here, a lightning round-up of a few of the day’s key moments.

Edward Snowden trundles onto stage
The primary massive shock of the day when a small robotic rolled onto stage, operated by the notorious hacker, Edward Snowden. What adopted: a captivating Q&A with Anderson that tackled safety, surveillance and society. (We rushed the edit of this discuss, so you can watch the whole thing here.) One different only-at-TED second: a point out of Tim Berners-Lee’s name for a web-based invoice of rights. “Tim’s right here. Need to come up onstage?” With that, the daddy of the net vaulted onto the stage and took half within the dialogue too.

David Kwong pulls off the most effective trick ever
The self-proclaimed “cruciverbalist” (crossword author) introduced a TED attendee onto stage and requested her to paint in 5 animals whereas he had his again turned. Reality be identified, it took some time — and it appeared like he would possibly lose the viewers. However then! It turned out that he’d hidden his predictions in *in the present day’s New York Occasions crossword puzzle*. To show it, attendees obtained to drag out the paper from beneath their seats to test, at which level the marveled applause began, and Kwong got to bask in the glow of a trick well done. Additionally superior: our interview with Will Shortz about why he determined to participate.

Robert Full releases cockroach robots
We don’t usually rejoice the cockroach, despite the fact that it has “wonderfully-tuned legs” that enable it to clamber over uneven surfaces even when injured. Not less than, that’s biologist Robert Full’s take, defined in a lightning quick discuss in considered one of in the present day’s two All-Stars classes. Admiring the bodily properties of the insect, Full described how he and his crew used it as inspiration for his or her new robots, DASH. Then he launched 50 of them right into a extremely delighted viewers (who nicked most of them. In case you took one, please return!)

Zak Ebrahim reveals his previous
On this shifting, highly effective discuss, Ebrahim instructed the story of his father, El-Sayed Nosair, who deliberate terrorist assaults on a dozen New York Metropolis landmarks, together with the 1993 bombing of the World Commerce Middle in New York. “I select to make use of my expertise to battle again in opposition to terrorism, in opposition to bigotry,” Ebrahim said in his powerful talk. “I do it for the victims of terrorism and their family members, for the horrible ache and loss that terrorism has compelled upon their lives. For the victims of terrorism I’ll converse out in opposition to mindless acts and condemn my father’s actions.”

Bill and Melinda Gates talk about their relationship. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Invoice and Melinda Gates discuss their relationship. Photograph: James Duncan Davidson

Invoice and Melinda Gates focus on their household
We’ve all heard each Invoice and Melinda Gates focus on their philanthropic work earlier than, however tonight the uber-couple did one thing completely different; they shared stories of their three still-young children and their method to parenting. This isn’t a subject the pair has addressed in public earlier than — and it seems the impetus got here from the children themselves. They need folks to know that they consider of their dad and mom’ basis’s mission, mentioned Melinda. For anybody crassly questioning if the children can be multi-billionaires earlier than they understand it? “Nope,” mentioned Invoice firmly. “They should have a way that their very own work is significant and essential.”

Janine Benyus talks up nature
“We’re not the primary to fabricate,” biomimicry professional Janine Benyus reminded us in the present day in a particular TEDActive session. “Nature did it first.” Benyus defined how nature can present impressed options for designers and inventors, notably on this period of 3D printing, when all of us have gotten producers . With lyrical phrases and lovely pictures, she supplied a variety of ways in which nature evokes new options, like a firefly-shaped lightbulb that burns 50% brighter than a normal bulb.

Rives does his factor
Additionally in Whistler and at TEDActive, spoken phrase artist Rives supplied a tour-de-force follow-up to his cult-classic talk on the magic of 4AM. On this sequel, he reported again on the a whole bunch of popular culture references to 4AM he’s obtained. Followers vary from Franz Kafka to Bart Simpson, the Flintstones to the Jetsons… All are actually out there on the Museum of Four in the Morning.

Charmian Gooch wins the TED Prize
“My want is for us to know who owns and controls firms, in order that they’ll not be used anonymously in opposition to the general public good. Collectively, let’s ignite world opinion, change the legislation, and launch a brand new period of openness in enterprise.” So spoke this year’s TED Prize winner, Charmian Gooch, and with that, the ground was opened to the assembled TED viewers to talk up, to share responses and presents for assist. First up? Former TED Prize winner, Jehane Noujaim, who supplied to make a documentary movie to humanize this tough, complicated matter. Then? Jeff Skoll (whose basis additionally gave Gooch and her group, International Witness a million-dollar prize this yr) stepped up and promised to fund the movie.

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