The 2011 TED conference, which brings together billionaires and bloggers, neuroscientists and artists, luminaries and less-well-known innovators, kicked off Monday in Long Beach, California.
The theme for this year's week-long conference is "the rediscovery of wonder" and includes a distinguished and varied line-up of speakers. There's papercutter artist Beatrice Coron, tech pioneer and philanthropist Bill Gates, "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz, director Julie Taymor, and former Afghanistan commander Stanley McChrystal.
HuffPostTech is in Long Beach and will be blogging, interviewing, and live-tweeting from TED 2011. Follow @bbosker on Twitter for live updates from TED, or check back here, where we'll be compiling the latest news from TED 2011.
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03/04/2011 11:50 AM EST
via @TEDNews: "Jack Horner: "But birds are dinosaurs...So we don't have to make a dinosaur, we already have them!" #TED"
"Jack Horner: "The chicken is a dinosaur -- you can't argue with it because we're the classifiers, and we classify it that way." #TED"
03/03/2011 4:04 PM EST
Bill Gates Makes A Surprise Appearance
"[R]eally, when you get down to it, the guys at Enron never would have done this. This is so blatant, so extreme," Bill Gates said of state governments' accounting practices generally, during a surprise talk at TED University.
According to Gates, the bottom line is, "We need to care about state budgets because they are critical for our kids and our future."
Read more about his remarks here.
03/03/2011 4:02 PM EST
From Day 2: 'Super Size Me' Filmmaker On His New Project
The Huffington Post sat down with Morgan Spurlock for a Q&A on his new film, consumer anger, and what he won't do for a film.
Read the full interview here.
03/02/2011 8:26 PM EST
Wael Ghonim On Egypt's Revolution
Google executive Wael Ghonim, who emerged as a leader during the protests in Egypt, spoke from Cairo during the TED conference.
He emphasized the importance of cell phones, social media and the Internet in helping protestors to connect and effect change.
"The Internet has played a great role in helping people to speak their minds, to start collaborating together," Ghonim said.
"This whole revolution showed us how ugly such a regime was and how great and amazing the Egyptian man and Egyptian woman [are]...when they have a dream," he continued.
03/02/2011 7:18 PM EST
Bill Ford: Green, Global Gridlock, Talking Cars
Very soon we will see the day where cars are essentially talking to each other, predicted Bill Ford, executive chair of the Ford Motor Co.
Ford stressed the need for green technology, while also emphasizing the threat "global gridlock" is posing to our mobility. As more cars hit the road and further stress our infrastructure, our ability to travel will be hampered, imperiling the "incredible freedom of mobility" we've enjoyed to date.
03/02/2011 7:13 PM EST
Al Jazeera Director General On The 'Birth Of A New Era' In Arab World
Al Jazeera director general Wahad Khanfar spoke Tuesday at the TED conference. We've posted a piece that summarizes his key remarks on the future of the Arab world, the power of reporting, and using social media to cover the protests in the Middle East.
Read more about his TED talk (and watch it!) here.
03/02/2011 3:28 PM EST
Morgan Spurlock Discusses His New Documentary
Spurlock, the filmmaker behind "Supersize Me" and other films, discussed his new documentary, "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," on stage at TED.
"More than anything we have to embrace transparency," Spurlock said. "Today more than ever a little honesty will go a long way."
A propos of transparency:
|@ bbosker : Morgan Spurlock:This is image that comes up w Google image search for transparency. http://bit.ly/fKwH84 I like the way u roll Sergey Brin|
03/02/2011 2:41 PM EST
2011 TED Fellows Receive Standing Ovation
The 2011 TED fellows were introduced onstage at TED and received a standing ovation from the audience. Learn more about the fellows here.
They include a "fashion designer who 'grows' clothing with bacteria," a cellist, a human rights activist, and more.
03/02/2011 2:34 PM EST
Director Julie Taymor On Turbulent Times
Director Julie Taymor, best known for her work on Broadway musicals "The Lion King" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," as well as the Met's The Magic Flute," described her new projects and spoke to the challenges she is currently facing.
"Spider-Man" is not only the most expensive musical on Broadway to date, but has been plagued by safety problems, lackluster ticket sales, and so-so reviews.
"Everyone who creates knows there's that point where it hasn’t quite become the phoenix or the burnt char and I'm right there on the edge," Taymor said.
Taymor went on to say, "I'm in the crucible now. It's my trial by fire, it's my company's trial by fire."
"We as collaborators only get there all together," she concluded. "I know you understand that."
03/02/2011 2:35 AM EST
Bobby McFerrin: Tech Is Making Us 'Impatient' Listeners
Ten-time Grammy Award winner (and TED speaker) Bobby McFerrin sat down with HuffPostTech for a Q&A about Facebook, the artists that inspire him, how tech is changing the way we listen to music, and more.From the interview:
When I was a kid growing up and we bought albums, we treated them with such reverence, we would listen to every single cut, first to last, whether we liked the pieces or not, we were patient enough to at least give the [pieces] a chance. I'm finding that in today's technological world we've become more and more impatient, and that we don't take time to let things soak or steep.
Read the rest of the conversation here.