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TED turns 30 with new chapter of 'ideas worth spreading'

TED turns 30 years old with a mind-sizzling mix of intrigue, wonder and passion in the renowned gathering's new home in Canada. A conference born in California in 1984 that grew into a global forum for heady "ideas worth spreading" ended Friday after gazing thoughtfully at the past and looking optimistically ahead. "The platform has gotten more interesting to more people," Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) curator Chris Anderson told AFP.

TED online archive reveals new-look website

The online home for an archive of inspirational talks by speakers at the TED conferences unveiled a redesign on Tuesday. The TED.com re-design was the first major overhaul since the website launched in April of 2007, and comes as the flagship TED gathering behind the talks is poised to celebrate its 30th anniversary. "It is a moment when Ted.com evolves from a site of individual videos to really being a living archive of ideas," TED media executive producer June Cohen told AFP while providing an early look at the redesign.

Peaceful role for drones explored at TED

Instead of being harbingers of death, drones should become a vital technological tool in the conservation fight and in delivering vital goods to remote areas, the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh heard Wednesday. Biologist and science-fiction fan Lian Pin Koh told the conference about his fleet of environmental drones which have been used to monitor the Orangutan population in the remote Indonesian forest of northern Sumatra. The aircraft have a two-metre wingspan, weigh less than two kilogrammes and cost just $4,000.

TED conference sets stage for a week of bright ideas

A former Greek prime minster, a specialist in the sex lives of animals and a "gentleman thief" are among the eclectic set of speakers spreading cutting-edge ideas at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh this week. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences that presents speakers with an 18-minute window to get across their message of choice. Previous speakers include U2 singer Bono, Microsoft mastermind Bill Gates and former US president Bill Clinton.

TED brings innovation talk to Intel

Intel researcher Jennifer Healey stepped onto a stage decorated with a mad scientist's lab in mind and made her case for gossiping cars. Her place was soon taken by colleague Eric Dishman, who brought the audience to its feet with a poignant tale weaving a transplant that saved his life with his vision to re-invent how health care is handled.

TED Talks take wing online as enclave ends

As a week of mind-bending TED Conference talks ranging from animal necrophilia to fighting poverty ended Friday, inspiring presentations from the renowned gathering were spreading. Video of punk rock icon Amanda Palmer's on-stage pitch for making music free and trusting fans to step up as patrons logged more than 120,000 views at ted.com within hours of being posted that morning.

TED Talks take wing online as enclave ends

As a week of mind-bending TED Conference talks ranging from animal necrophilia to fighting poverty ended Friday, inspiring presentations from the renowned gathering were spreading. Video of punk rock icon Amanda Parker's on-stage pitch for making music free and trusting fans to step up as patrons logged more than 120,000 views at ted.com within hours of being posted that morning.

Computer in Delhi slum wall leads to TED Prize

Sugata Mitra on Tuesday was awarded a million-dollar TED Prize to pursue the promise of building schools in the Internet cloud where young minds can learn unfettered by grown-ups. Mitra's journey to the prestigious TED gathering in the Southern California city of Long Beach began more than a decade ago in Delhi, when he stuck a computer in a hole in a slum wall to see what the children would do. "I left it to the wolves, so to speak, knowing it would be smashed open and sold," Mitra said of that day in 1999.
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