TED video of the day: Timelapse of Liu Bolin “disappearing”
Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist who gained worldwide fame a couple years ago with a series of photographs where he was painted to almost perfectly match his background environment. At this year’s TED conference, Liu demonstrated his visual trickery.
TED talk of the day: The Greatest Machine That Never Was
Recently discovered TEDTalks available on PodCast through iTunes and downloaded a few to watch. This one sparked my interest and I’m glad I watched it. It originally aired in July 2012, but the project to build the entirely mechanical machine described in the video is underway. I just thought it was cool and that the community at IHC would enjoy it.
From the description: Computer science began in the ’30s … the 1830s. John Graham-Cumming tells the story of Charles Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered “analytical engine” and how Ada Lovelace, mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron, saw beyond its simple computational abilities to imagine the future of computers. (Filmed at TEDxImperialCollege.)
What’s invisible? More in this world than you know.
Gravity. The stars in day. Thoughts. The human genome. Time. Atoms. So much of what really matters in the world is impossible to see. A stunning animation of John Lloyd’s classic TEDTalk from 2009, which will make you question what you actually know.
TED talk of the day: Lessons learned from the Yakuza
Investigative Journalist and author Jake Adelstein shares his eye-opening and often eyebrow-raising insights as he leads us through his experiences with both the Yakuza and the police while reporting on crime in Japan for the last nineteen years.
The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you’ve never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals.
Zombies eat brains. They are also, like all of us, driven by brain functions. What is happening in their brains to make them act as they do? In this intriguing dialogue, Tim Verstynen & Brad Voytek apply the various human medical possibilities that make zombies…zombies.
TED talk of the day: “How the internet will one day transform government”
The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.