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Blaise Aguera y Arcas Blaise Aguera y Arcas
Software architect
Blaise Agüera y Arcas works on machine learning at Google. Previously a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, he has worked on augmented reality, mapping, wearable computing and natural user interfaces. He was the co-creator of Photosynth, software that assembles photos into 3D environments. Session 6: Invention
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Chris Anderson Chris Anderson
Drone maker
Chris Anderson is an authority on emerging technologies and the cultures that surround them. Session 9: Imagination
Fri Feb 12, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Rachel Armstrong Rachel Armstrong
Applied scientist, innovator
TED Fellow Rachel Armstrong is a sustainability innovator who creates new materials that possess some of the properties of living systems, and can be manipulated to "grow" architecture. Session 7: Breakthrough
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
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Kevin Bales Kevin Bales
Anti-slavery activist
Kevin Bales is the co-founder of Free the Slaves, whose mission is to end all forms of human slavery within the next 25 years. He's the author of "Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves." Session 5: Provocation
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Marian Bantjes Marian Bantjes
Designer, illustrator, typographer
At the intersection of word and form, Marian Bantjes makes her art. Session 9: Imagination
Fri Feb 12, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Dan Barber Dan Barber
Chef
Dan Barber is a chef and a scholar -- relentlessly pursuing the stories and reasons behind the foods we grow and eat. Session 2: Discovery
Wed Feb 10, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Seth Berkley Seth Berkley
Vaccine researcher
Epidemiologist Seth Berkley is leading the charge to develop a vaccine against HIV -- and to make sure vaccines are available for those living in the developing world. Session 7: Breakthrough
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Andrew Bird Andrew Bird
Musician
Andrew Bird is a virtual one-man band -- he’s a singer and songwriter and plays the violin, guitar, glockenspiel. Session 7: Breakthrough
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Stewart Brand Stewart Brand
Environmentalist, futurist
Since the counterculture '60s, Stewart Brand has been creating our internet-worked world. Now, with biotech accelerating four times faster than digital technology, Stewart Brand has a bold new plan ... Session 5: Provocation
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Sergey Brin Sergey Brin
Google Co-founder
Sergey Brin is half of the team that founded Google. Now he's leading the development of special projects like Google Glass. Session 8: Boldness
Fri Feb 12, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
David Byrne David Byrne
Musician, artist, writer
David Byrne builds an idiosyncratic world of music, art, writing and film. Session 6: Invention
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
David Byrne David Byrne
Musician, artist, writer
David Byrne builds an idiosyncratic world of music, art, writing and film. Session 6: Invention
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
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David Cameron David Cameron
Politician
David Cameron is the prime minister of the UK and the leader of the UK's Conservative Party. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
James Cameron James Cameron
Director
James Cameron is the director of Avatar, Titanic, Terminator, The Abyss and many other blockbusters. While his outsize films push the bounds of technology, they're always anchored in human stories with heart and soul. Session 12: Wisdom
Sat Feb 13, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Nicholas Christakis Nicholas Christakis
Physician, social scientist
Nicholas Christakis explores how the large-scale, face-to-face social networks in which we are embedded affect our lives, and what we can do to take advantage of this fact. Session 4: Reason
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
George Church George Church
Molecular technologist
A pioneer in genome sequencing and genome engineering (reading and writing DNA), George Church invented some of the engineering methods that created the era of the personal genome. Session 8: Boldness
Fri Feb 12, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Kirk Citron Kirk Citron
Media expert
Kirk Citron began his career as a fast-rising advertising executive, but now writes and provides media consultation for select non-profits. Session 4: Reason
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Chip Conley Chip Conley
CEO, author
Chip Conley creates joyful hotels, where he hopes his employees, customers and investors alike can realize their full potential. His books share that philosophy with the wider world. Session 11: Simplicity
Sat Feb 13, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
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Mike Feinberg Dave Levin Mike Feinberg Dave Levin
Educators
Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin are the founders of KIPP, a network of revolutionary schools with life-changing results for underserved kids across the country. Session 8: Boldness
Fri Feb 12, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Esther Duflo Esther Duflo
Development economist
Esther Duflo takes economics out of the lab and into the field to discover the causes of poverty and means to eradicate it. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Denis Dutton Denis Dutton
Philosopher
Denis Dutton was a philosophy professor and the editor of Arts & Letters Daily. In his book The Art Instinct, he suggested that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty. Session 9: Imagination
Fri Feb 12, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
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Carter Emmart Carter Emmart
Scientist, Artist
Carter Emmart uses astronomy and computational modeling to create scientifically accurate, three-dimensional tours of our universe. Session 2: Discovery
Wed Feb 10, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Eve Ensler Eve Ensler
Playwright, activist
Eve Ensler created the ground-breaking "Vagina Monologues," whose success propelled her to found V-Day -- a movement to end violence against women and girls everywhere. Session 10: Play
Fri Feb 12, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Ethel Ethel
String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
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Gary Flake Gary Flake
Technologist
Gary Flake is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft, and the founder and director of Live Labs. Session 7: Breakthrough
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Ze Frank Ze Frank
Humorist, web artist
Ze Frank rose to fame on a viral video -- in 2001! He has been making online comedy, web toys and massively shared experiences (like the addictive Young Me Now Me) ever since. Session 12: Wisdom
Sat Feb 13, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
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Bill Gates Bill Gates
Philanthropist
A passionate techie and a shrewd businessman, Bill Gates changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success. Now he's doing it again with his own style of philanthropy and passion for innovation. Session 8: Boldness
Fri Feb 12, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Temple Grandin Temple Grandin
Livestock handling designer, autism activist
Through groundbreaking research and the lens of her own autism, Temple Grandin brings startling insight into two worlds. Session 9: Imagination
Fri Feb 12, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
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Sam Harris Sam Harris
Neuroscientist and philosopher
Adored by secularists, feared by the pious, Sam Harris' best-selling books argue that religion is ruinous and, worse, stupid -- and that questioning religious faith might just save civilization. Session 4: Reason
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Cheryl Hayashi Cheryl Hayashi
Spider silk scientist
Cheryl Hayashi studies the delicate but terrifically strong silk threads that make up a spider's web, finding startling applications for human use. Session 2: Discovery
Wed Feb 10, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Graham Hill Graham Hill
Journalist
Graham Hill is the founder of TreeHugger.com and LifeEdited; he travels the world to tell stories of sustainability and minimalism. He tweets at @GHill. Session 4: Reason
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Philip K. Howard Philip K. Howard
Legal activist
Philip K. Howard is the founder of Common Good, a drive to overhaul the US legal system. His new book is 'The Rule of Nobody.' Session 11: Simplicity
Sat Feb 13, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
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Mark Z. Jacobson Mark Z. Jacobson
Civil and environmental engineer
At Stanford, Mark Z. Jacobson uses numerical models to study the effects of energy systems and vehicles on climate and air pollution, and to analyze renewable energy resources. Session 5: Provocation
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Mitchell Joachim Mitchell Joachim
Architect, designer
Soft cars, jet packs and houses made of meat are all in a day's work for urban designer, architect and TED Fellow Mitchell Joachim. Session 9: Imagination
Fri Feb 12, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
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Raghava KK Raghava KK
Artist
Raghava KK's paintings and drawings use cartoonish shapes and colors to examine the body, society, our world. Session 9: Imagination
Fri Feb 12, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Daniel Kahneman Daniel Kahneman
Behavioral economics founder
Widely regarded as the world's most influential living psychologist, Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel in Economics for his pioneering work in behavioral economics -- exploring the irrational ways we make decisions about risk. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
John Kasaona John Kasaona
Conservationist
John Kasaona is a pioneer of community-based conservation -- working with the people who use and live on fragile land to enlist them in protecting it. Session 12: Wisdom
Sat Feb 13, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Stacey Kramer Stacey Kramer
Brand strategist
Stacey Kramer has traveled the United States and the world helping to create names and brands for growing companies. Session 2: Discovery
Wed Feb 10, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
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The LXD The LXD
Dance adventurers
The LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) are building an interactive web series that represents the next evolution of dance. Session 6: Invention
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Gary Lauder Gary Lauder
Venture capitalist
Gary Lauder is the managing partner of Lauder Partners, a VC firm, and the co-creator of the Socrates Society at the Aspen Institute. Session 6: Invention
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
William Li William Li
Cancer researcher
William Li heads the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting. Session 2: Discovery
Wed Feb 10, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
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Benoit Mandelbrot Benoit Mandelbrot
Mathematician
Benoit Mandelbrot's work led the world to a deeper understanding of fractals, a broad and powerful tool in the study of roughness, both in nature and in humanity's works. Session 11: Simplicity
Sat Feb 13, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Jane McGonigal Jane McGonigal
Game Designer
Reality is broken, says Jane McGonigal, and we need to make it work more like a game. Her work shows us how. Session 6: Invention
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Natalie Merchant Natalie Merchant
Singer/songwriter
Natalie Merchant's career spans three decades -- as the leader of 10,000 Maniacs and in her own solo work -- of making warmly personal music. Session 10: Play
Fri Feb 12, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Nathan Myhrvold Nathan Myhrvold
Polymath
Nathan Myhrvold is a professional jack-of-all-trades. After leaving Microsoft in 1999, he's been a world barbecue champion, a wildlife photographer, a chef, a contributor to SETI, and a volcano explorer. Session 6: Invention
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
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Jamie Oliver Jamie Oliver
Chef, activist
Jamie Oliver is transforming the way we feed ourselves, and our children. Session 3: Action. The 2010 TED Prize
Wed Feb 10, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
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Elizabeth Pisani Elizabeth Pisani
Author
In Elizabeth Pisani's latest book, she explores the "improbable nation" of Indonesia. Session 4: Reason
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Christopher Christopher "moot" Poole
Founder, 4chan
Christopher "moot" Poole is founder of 4chan, an online imageboard whose anonymous denizens have spawned the web's most bewildering -- and influential -- subculture. Session 5: Provocation
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
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Rives Rives
Performance poet, multimedia artist
Performance artist and storyteller Rives has been called "the first 2.0 poet," using images, video and technology to bring his words to life. Session 2: Discovery
Wed Feb 10, 2010
2:15 – 4:00
Ken Robinson Ken Robinson
Author/educator
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Session 12: Wisdom
Sat Feb 13, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
David Rockwell David Rockwell
Architect, experience designer
Architect David Rockwell draws on his love of drama and spectacle to create fantastic, high-impact restaurants, malls, airline terminals, theater sets -- and playgrounds. Session 10: Play
Fri Feb 12, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Mark Roth Mark Roth
Biochemist, cell biologist
Mark Roth's research has reawakened an unusual notion from the annals of science: reversible metabolic hibernation. Yes, putting living organisms into suspended animation -- and bringing them back safely. Session 7: Breakthrough
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
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Michael Sandel Michael Sandel
Political philosopher
Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard, exploring some of the most hotly contested moral and political issues of our time. Session 5: Provocation
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Shyam Sankar Shyam Sankar
Data Intelligence Agent
An advocate of human-computer symbiosis, Shyam Sankar looks for clues in big and disparate data sets. Session 8: Boldness
Fri Feb 12, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Michael Shermer Michael Shermer
Skeptic
Michael Shermer debunks myths, superstitions and urban legends -- and explains why we believe them. Along with publishing Skeptic Magazine, he's author of Why People Believe Weird Things and The Mind of the Market. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Jake Shimabukuro Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele virtuoso
To Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele means more than grass skirts and loud shirts. He's on a mission to revolutionize our perception of the four-string, two-octave instrument. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Jake Shimabukuro Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele virtuoso
To Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele means more than grass skirts and loud shirts. He's on a mission to revolutionize our perception of the four-string, two-octave instrument. Session 1: Mindshift
Wed Feb 10, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
Alan Siegel Alan Siegel
Executive, simplicity guru
A branding expert and one of the leading authorities on business communication, Alan Siegel wants to put plain English into legal documents for government and business. Session 11: Simplicity
Sat Feb 13, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Michael Specter Michael Specter
Writer
Michael Specter is a staff writer for the New Yorker. His new book, Denialism, asks why we have increasingly begun to fear scientific advances instead of embracing them. Session 4: Reason
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Adora Svitak Adora Svitak
Child prodigy
A prolific short story writer and blogger since age seven, Adora Svitak (now 12) speaks around the United States to adults and children as an advocate for literacy. Session 12: Wisdom
Sat Feb 13, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
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John Underkoffler John Underkoffler
Interface designer
Remember the data interface from Minority Report? Well, it's real, John Underkoffler invented it -- as a point-and-touch interface called g-speak -- and it's about to change the way we interact with data. Session 8: Boldness
Fri Feb 12, 2010
11:00 – 12:45
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George Whitesides George Whitesides
Chemist
In his legendary career in chemistry, George Whitesides has been a pioneer in microfabrication and nanoscale self-assembly. Now, he's fabbing a diagnostic lab on a chip. Session 11: Simplicity
Sat Feb 13, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Stephen Wolfram Stephen Wolfram
Scientist, inventor
Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, the author of A New Kind of Science, and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Session 7: Breakthrough
Thurs Feb 11, 2010
5:00 – 6:45