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The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity …

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.    

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Innovating to zero!

At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.    

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How algorithms shape our world

We live in a world run by algorithms, computer programs that make decisions or solve problems for us. In this riveting, funny talk, Kevin Slavin shows how modern algorithms determine stock prices, espionage tactics, even the movies you watch. But, he asks: If we depend on complex algorithms to manage our daily decisions — when do we start to lose control?    

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An ultra-low-cost college degree

>At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing “from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.”    

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Where good ideas come from

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.    

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Robots that fly … and cooperate

In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more.    

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10 top time-saving tech tips

Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already — but there’s probably at least one you don’t.    

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A 12-year-old app developer

Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — but Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like “Bustin Jeiber,” a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers.    

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The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.    

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A robot that flies like a bird

Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011.    

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The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.    

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Meet the SixthSense interaction

This demo — from Pattie Maes’ lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry — was the buzz of TED. It’s a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine “Minority Report” and then some.    

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The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.    

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The accelerating power of technology

Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.    

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Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves

Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own — and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?    

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Getting Started With Arduino: A Beginner’s Guide

Table Of Contents §1–Intro to the Arduino §2–What Can You Do With an Arduino? §3–What Is Inside an Arduino? §4–What You Will Need For This Guide §5–Electrical Component Overview §6–Programming Overview §7–Setting Up Your Arduino §8–Starter Projects §9–Where to go From Here

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DIY Universal Robot Gripper

There are a lot of different kinds of robot grippers (end effectors). The most common strategy when designing a robot hand is to try to replicate the human hand. However, in 2010 researchers at Cornell University and University of Chicago developed a unique approach. They created an amorphous gripper that was able to mold itself to the object that it wanted to pick up. This kind of gripper is much more versatile. In this project, I am going to show you how to make your own DIY universal gripper for your robots.   Background: How It Works   This gripper works…

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FREE – 3D PRINTING CLASS

Enroll to get: 16 lessons accessible anytime, anywhere Learn by doing with hours of project focused instruction Complete material lists and downloadable project resources One-on-One help with your questions   Welcome to the world of 3D printing! In this class, you will learn everything you need to know to design and 3D print your own creations. It’s really three-classes-in-one. We’ll learn Fusion 360, an awesome (free) 3D modeling program that will let you design just about anything. We’ll learn the ins-and-outs of desktop 3D-printing, and we’ll learn how to sketch by hand so we can generate solid ideas. With this…

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What purpose does the small cylindrical module near the end of my laptop charger cable serve?

They are called ferrite beads/EMI filters/ferrite chokes and contain the semi-magnetic substance Ferrite made from iron oxide (rust) alloyed with other metals . Usually seen on power chords, laptop charging cables and other electronic devices such as  printers and medical equipment. Any conductive cable acts as an antenna – if the device produces radio frequency energy, this can be transmittedthrough the cable, which acts as an unintentional radiator. What do the beads do? They prevent the cable from sending/recieveing signals. It has the property of eliminating the broadcast signals. Essentially, it “chokes” the RFI (Radio Frequency Interfearence) transmission at that point on the cable —…

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Introduction to Actuators – Macro and Micro-size

What is an actuator? How do actuators work? What type of actuators are used for Microtechnology? Learn this and more when you view this video! This presentation is presented by the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME). Supporting materials can be downloaded from the SCME website (http://scme-nm.org).  

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