How we’re helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil

How we’re helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil

I’m a journalist. And I know how frustrating it gets when most of your stories go unnoticed. I felt it when I worked as a local reporter in my hometown Belgaum, in India. I thought maybe joining a national newspaper would help. So I went …

The simple genius of a good graphic | Tommy McCall

The simple genius of a good graphic | Tommy McCall

I love infographics. As an information designer, I’ve worked with all sorts of data over the past 25 years. I have a few insights to share, but first: a little history. Communication is the encoding, transmission and decoding of information. Breakthroughs in communication mark turning …

Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster

Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster

What I’d like to do today is talk about one of my favorite subjects, and that is the neuroscience of sleep. Now, there is a sound — (Alarm clock) Ah, it worked! A sound that is desperately familiar to most of us, and of course …

Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player. (Laughter) My bridge coach, Sharon Osberg, says there are more pictures of the back of her head than …

Paper towns and why learning is awesome | John Green

Paper towns and why learning is awesome | John Green

This is a map of New York State that was made in 1937 by the General Drafting Company. It’s an extremely famous map among cartography nerds, because down here at the bottom of the Catskill Mountains, there is a little town called Roscoe — actually, …

What will future jobs look like? | Andrew McAfee

What will future jobs look like? | Andrew McAfee

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast The writer George Eliot cautioned us that, among all forms of mistake, prophesy is the most gratuitous. The person that we would all acknowledge as her 20th-century counterpart, Yogi Berra, agreed. He said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially …

Maybe the best robot demo ever | Marco Tempest

Maybe the best robot demo ever | Marco Tempest

Let me introduce you to something I’ve been working on. It’s what the Victorian illusionists would have described as a mechanical marvel, an automaton, a thinking machine. Say hello to EDI. Now he’s asleep. Let’s wake him up. EDI, EDI. These mechanical performers were popular …

How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure

How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure

The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say “I love you.” And yet many people have the experience that when they speak, people don’t …

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved | Esther Perel

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved | Esther Perel

Why do we cheat? And why do happy people cheat? And when we say “infidelity,” what exactly do we mean? Is it a hookup, a love story, paid sex, a chat room, a massage with a happy ending? Why do we think that men cheat …

How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

So, I’ll be speaking to you using language … because I can. This is one these magical abilities that we humans have. We can transmit really complicated thoughts to one another. So what I’m doing right now is, I’m making sounds with my mouth as …