5 eetiquette tips to practice on a date or at TEDGlobal 2011

The eETIQUETTE space at TEDGlobal 2011. Photo: Robert Leslie / TED Can you put your phone down for 1 hour? Not many people can without an increase in stress levels. Designer Julia Leihener of Deutsche Telekom Laboratories’ Creation Center took the time to bring e-etiquette to techies and power users at TEDGlobal 2011. TED Blog’s Corvida Raven … Read more

TED.com planned outage 7pm Eastern today

To upgrade is human … TED.com will be offline for maintenance at 7pm Eastern time this evening for two hours of maintenance. If you need your TED fix while we’re at work, here are a couple of suggestions: YouTube. Every talk we post to TED.com is cross-posted to TED’s YouTube channel in regular and high-def. … Read more

Massivescale online collaboration Luis von Ahn on TED.com

After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately — all for … Read more

SixthSense Get the opensource code

Two years ago, inventor Pranav Mistry demoed the SixthSense technology on the TED stage — and talked about open-sourcing the software behind it. SixthSense is a wearable interface that enables interaction between digital information and the physical world through hand gestures. (Watch his TEDTalk to see how it works.) As promised, Pranav and his team … Read more

Announcing TEDTalks DVD on Demand!

Spreading ideas just got easier. Today TED announces DVD On Demand, which allows users to create custom TEDTalk DVDs from a library of over 700 available talks. Each disc holds up to six talks, each with the option to order with subtitles in up to 32 languages. DVDs, available for $9.99, can be shipped to … Read more

What were doing about PIPASOPA Talking about it

Today, several of our favorite websites are going dark or blacking out their homepages to raise awareness of two bills, in the US House and Senate, that threaten people’s ability to share on the web. In the past week, we’ve pondered what TED.com should be doing to help raise awareness of the PIPA and SOPA … Read more

Three types of online attack Mikko Hypponen on TED.com

Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data — and only two are considered crimes. (Recorded at TEDxBrussels 2011, November 2011, in Brussels, Belgium. Duration: 9:23) [ted id=1328] Watch Mikko Hypponen’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks … Read more

Why SOPA is a bad idea Clay Shirky on TED.com

What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume. (Recorded at the TED offices, January 2012, in New York. Duration: 13:59) [ted id=1329] Watch Clay Shirky’s … Read more

Plantbased fuels that could power a jet Bilal Bomani on TED.com

Algae plus salt water equals … fuel? At TEDxNASA@SiliconValley, Bilal Bomani reveals a self-sustaining ecosystem that produces biofuels — without wasting arable land or fresh water. (Recorded at TEDxNASA@SiliconValley, August 2011, in San Francisco, CA. Duration: 14:27) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCOc31fQi7A] Watch Bilal Bomani’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and … Read more

Backstage The Cave

With TED2012 still two days away, the media production team has already been here at Long Beach for three days setting up our operation, and a set of IT volunteers started work two days before that. Above is a photo of one small part of the TED Media Cave, the nexus of all video, audio, … Read more