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The Motivating Power of a Massive Transformative Purpose

Eradicating diseases, mastering flight, near-instant global communication, going to the moon—humans have developed a taste for making the impossible possible. Though we still face a daunting list of global challenges, we’ve learned that science and...

AI More Like Iron Man’s JARVIS Is Coming This Next Decade…Bring It On

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most important technology we're developing this decade. It's a massive opportunity for humanity, not a threat. So, what is AI? Broadly, AI is the ability of a computer to understand your question,...

Why Startups Like Uber, Airbnb, and SpaceX Succeed, While Others Fail

What's most important for the success of your project? Is it the team? Funding? Timing? Idea? Business model? Recently I heard Bill Gross, one of the most brilliant entrepreneurs of this century, offer a compelling answer—one...

What We’re Reading Across the Web This Week (Through Oct 18, 2014)

While we kept our eye on the next iteration of devices rolling out of Apple this week, the Hub team was also getting a steady dose of great articles challenging some of the very pillars of how...

Singularity Surplus: Put on Your Electric Thinking Cap!

Brain stimulation leads to faster learning; TED marks 30th anniversary with giant digital art display; flying wind turbine poised for test run in Alaska.
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“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress

In a recent TED talk titled "Abundance Is Our Future," Peter Diamandis points out that though the amygdala in our brains may continually draw our attention toward negative news stories -- and therefore help...

Abundance: A Double-Edged Sword

An abundant future is a theme we hear a lot about these days. However, it’s usually described under the context of eliminating poverty, providing resources, and generally just making the world...

Scientist Records 230,000 Hours of Son’s Childhood: What It Means and What’s Next

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates When Deb Roy’s son invites his girlfriend over for dinner with his family, there will be much more than photo albums to embarrass the teenager. His parents...
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Cynthia Breazeal at TED: We’re Making Robots Personal (video)

"People just behave like people, even when interacting with a robot." -- Cynthia Breazeal 2010 Forget the automated factories, the Mars rovers, and the vacuum cleaners, Cynthia Breazeal wants you to know that robots should...
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Take a Ride Inside Google’s Robot Car – Great New Video

Dammit, I really need to attend TED. The annual Technology Entertainment Design conference always has tons of great presenters, but this year they also had something better: Google's autonomous car. On a specially designed...

Chris Anderson, Head of TED, Forsees Crowd Accelerated Innovation (video)

Five hundred years ago, the printing press marked a rise in the power of the written word over human speech. Now, Chris Anderson thinks that web videos could reverse that change with some amazing...

Tan Le Demos Headset That Reads Brainwaves (video)

Tan Le isn't just interested in reading your mind, she wants to have fun while doing it. Le is one of the founders of Emotiv, maker of the EPOC headset - a streamlined EEG...

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