How civilization could destroy itself — and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom

How civilization could destroy itself — and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom

Chris Anderson: Nick Bostrom. So, you have already given us so many crazy ideas out there. I think a couple of decades ago, you made the case that we might all be living in a simulation, or perhaps probably were. More recently, you’ve painted the most vivid examples of how artificial general intelligence could go […]

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How policewomen make communities safer | Ivonne Roman

How policewomen make communities safer | Ivonne Roman

I’ve been a police officer in an urban city for nearly 25 years. That’s crazy, right? And in that time, I’ve served in every rank, from police officer to police chief. A few years ago, I noticed something alarming. Starting in 2014, I started monitoring recruits as they cycled through police academies in the state […]

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Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies

I study ants, and that’s because I like to think about how organizations work. And in particular, how the simple parts of organizations interact to create the behavior of the whole organization. So, ant colonies are a good example of an organization like that, and there are many others. The web is one. There are […]

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Alejandro Aravena: My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

Alejandro Aravena: My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

If there’s any power in design, that’s the power of synthesis. The more complex the problem, the more the need for simplicity. So allow me to share three cases where we tried to apply design’s power of synthesis. Let’s start with the global challenge of urbanization. It’s a fact that people are moving towards cities. […]

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Phil Borges: Documenting our endangered cultures

Phil Borges: Documenting our endangered cultures

A fact came out of MIT, couple of years ago. Ken Hale, who’s a linguist, said that of the 6,000 languages spoken on Earth right now, 3,000 aren’t spoken by the children. So that in one generation, we’re going to halve our cultural diversity. He went on to say that every two weeks, an elder […]

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Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community

Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community

My work focuses on the connection of both thinking about our community life being part of the environment where architecture grows from the natural local conditions and traditions. Today I brought two recent projects as an example of this. Both projects are in emerging countries, one in Ethiopia and another one in Tunisia. And also […]

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Community-powered criminal justice reform | Raj Jayadev

Community-powered criminal justice reform | Raj Jayadev

Translator: Ivana Korom Reviewer: Krystian Aparta This is my favorite protest shirt. It says, “Protect your people.” We made it in the basement of our community center. I’ve worn it at rallies, at protests and marches, at candlelight vigils with families who have lost loved ones to police violence. I’ve seen how this ethic of […]

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Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

Hi, my name is Marcin — farmer, technologist. I was born in Poland, now in the U.S. I started a group called Open Source Ecology. We’ve identified the 50 most important machines that we think it takes for modern life to exist — things from tractors, bread ovens, circuit makers. Then we set out to […]

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Thelma Golden: How art gives shape to cultural change

Thelma Golden: How art gives shape to cultural change

The brilliant playwright, Adrienne Kennedy, wrote a volume called “People Who Led to My Plays.” And if I were to write a volume, it would be called, “Artists Who Have Led My Exhibitions” because my work, in understanding art and in understanding culture, has come by following artists, by looking at what artists mean and […]

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East vs west — the myths that mystify | Devdutt Pattanaik

East vs west — the myths that mystify | Devdutt Pattanaik

To understand the business of mythology and what a Chief Belief Officer is supposed to do, you have to hear a story of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who is the scribe of storytellers, and his brother, the athletic warlord of the gods, Kartikeya. The two brothers one day decided to go on a race, three […]

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