Archive | March 2013

The Internet could crash

Could the Internet crash ? What is the plan B in that case?

Those are the questions that TED is trying to answer in this video.

In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure — leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn’t designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on should — or when — the Internet crashes.

Interview with Elon Musk

A very interesting video from TED with Elon Musk, the mind PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

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.

Why do we see illusions?

What is the connection between illusions and reality?

Why can’t our extremely complex eyes render simple optical illusions? Surprise, surprise — it comes back to the brain, which has only evolved to encounter natural stimuli. At TEDYouth 2012, Mark Changizi explains how the brain reckons with optical illusions.

Why Do We Play Games?

This is a very interesting video from Vsauce about games and why do we play them.

How farming planted seeds for the Internet

An interesting video from TedEd about the link between farming and the Internet.

What does farming have to do with invention and innovation? Permanent residences, division of labor, central government, and complex technologies–all essential for advancing civilizations–could not have been developed without the move from hunting-gathering to farming. Patricia Russac explores how farming was a major innovation leading to the civilization we know today.

Should You Use The SNOOZE Button?

An interesting video from AsapSCIENCE about the snooze button. Should we use it ?

The short answer is…. NO !

The snooze button – one of life’s luxuries. But is it really helping you out, or making you more tired?

Social animal

An intereting video from David Brooks at TedEd about the social skills and it’s failures.

Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences — insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can’t hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.

How to Design an Android App

This is a video from xdadevelopers about designing applications for Android.

In this episode new comer to XDA Developer TV Jayce interviews developers and people from the mobile ecosystem and gives you advice for designing an Android app. Interviews include Chris Haseman an Android Engineer from Tumblr and Dr. James Wu from Kobo Inc. Check out this video.

The Human Brain Project

Here is another look at the Human Brain Project.

“It’s like building a giant telescope to peer into deep space, only that we’ll be able to look deep into the brain and ask questions that are impossible experimentally and theoretically. It’s an infrastructure to be able to build and simulate the human brain, objectively classify brain diseases and build radically new computing devices.” Dr. Henry Markram

The good news on poverty

Is there any good news about poverty?

According to Bono, at TED yes.

Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono “embraces his inner nerd” and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum.