Philosophy Fridays

Why You Should Read "Waiting For Godot"

TED-Ed explores why you should read Waiting for Godot, something I had to read for a philosophy class once. Two men, Estragon and Vladimir, meet by a tree at dusk to wait for someone named “Godot.” So begins a vexing cycle where the two debate when Godot will come, why they’re waiting and whether they’re […]

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Interesting Science

How to Learn Anything–the First 20 Hours

Here’s a great TEDx talk about the nature of learning and acquiring new skills. Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, ‘The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business’, as well as the upcoming book ‘The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.’ Josh specializes in teaching people from […]

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How do Viruses Jump from Animals to Humans?

TED-Ed explains the science of how viruses can jump from one species to another and the deadly epidemics that can result from these pathogens. Here’s a story that happened right here in Maryland. At a Maryland country fair in 2017, farmers reported feverish hogs with inflamed eyes and running snouts. While farmers worried about the […]

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AI Computer Vision

How Computers Learn to Recognize Objects

Ten years ago, researchers thought that getting a computer to tell the difference between a cat and a dog would be almost impossible. Today, computer vision systems do it with greater than 99 percent accuracy. How? Joseph Redmon works on the YOLO (You Only Look Once) system, an open-source method of object detection that can […]

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FinTech Mathematics

The Mathematician Who Cracked Wall Street

Jim Simons was a mathematician and cryptographer who realized: the complex math he used to break codes could help explain patterns in the world of finance. Billions later, he’s working to support the next generation of math teachers and scholars. In this video, TED’s Chris Anderson sits down with Simons to talk about his extraordinary […]

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Architectural Forms of the Future

I’ve always wondered that with advances in material sciences and production methods how will the design of buildings change. Bjarke Ingels talks about the future of architecture, floating cities, and LEGOs in this TED talk.

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AI Generative AI

Could AI Compose a Personalized Soundtrack to Your Life?

In this TED talk, you will meet AIVA, an artificial intelligence that has been trained in the art of music composition by reading more than 30,000 of history’s greatest scores. In a mesmerizing talk and demo, Pierre Barreau plays compositions created by AIVA and shares his dream: to create original live soundtracks based on our […]

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Deep Fakes Generative AI

Fake Videos of Real People — and How to Spot Them

In this TED talk, Supasorn Suwajanakorn talks about the more positive outcomes of deep fake technology.

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AI Philosophy Fridays

What is Consciousness?

As we create more and more sophisticated AIs, we often wonder if we will ever create an artificial consciousness. That begs the question: what is consciousness?  Michael S. A. Graziano explores the question that has confounded scientists and philosophers for centuries.

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Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing Explained in 10 Minutes

In this TED talk, Shohini Ghose explains how this technology holds the potential to transform medicine, create unbreakable encryption and even teleport information.

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