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Television's Future Has a Social Soundtrack

Deb Roy | Posted 05.05.2013 | Technology
Deb Roy

After 80 years of sequestered viewing, television audiences worldwide have forged Twitter into a social soundtrack for TV. If you are not part of the soundtrack yet, chances are that you will be soon.

Humans Evolving Back To Basics

Amer Khan, M.D. | Posted 04.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Amer Khan, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoIf we know how people think and act, and can prove with the amount of data we can now collect, we have crossed into a new age of our existence.

Language: More Than Just Words

Robin Lakoff | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Robin Lakoff

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo"Water" is the simplest kind of word to learn how to use, a concrete noun. So it's not surprising that such words are normally the first a child learns. But more intriguing -- and much less studied -- is the question of how we learn other kinds of words.

What Big Data Can Teach Us About Language

Keith A. Hutchison | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Keith A. Hutchison

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoProfessor Deb Roy's study is a great example of how large-scale databases can answer important questions beyond those obtainable from standard experiments.

More Than Just Language

Rahil Briggs, Psy.D. | Posted 04.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Rahil Briggs, Psy.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAn opportunity still exists to further explore this treasure trove of information, and mining this information will reveal the birth of healthy social emotional development, which many would argue is even more formative and foundational than language.

Bringing Your Work Home: The Psychology of Studying Your Family

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Peggy Drexler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhat does it mean when your role as a parent and as a professional overlap? How effective can you be as a scientist when your primary subjects are your family? And how effective can you be as a parent when your child is, at least in part, a means to an outcome?

Harnessing the Passion for Learning That Births a Child's First Word

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Susan Stiffelman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWe have lost faith in the fact that children genuinely want to learn. It is only when we make it stressful or unsafe that this drive is thwarted. Fortunately, babies are shielded from the pressures of our judgments or arbitrary deadlines.

Big Data Gets Personal in U.S. Cities

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Hecht

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoBig and open data is not just about tracking consumer habits and improving organizational effectiveness. Though certainly these things are important, we cannot miss the opportunity to harness this movement to move the needle on social problems that have long seemed intractable.

How Do I Improve My Memory? Forget More!

Gayatri Devi, M.D. | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Gayatri Devi, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoDo you know what is essential for a good memory? The ability to forget. To completely and thoroughly forget. Forgetting, like breathing or sleeping, is physiologically normal.

Big Data: For Profit or For Good?

Alicia Arnold | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Alicia Arnold

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhile opponents to big data have their reasons for doubting the merits of using large sets of data, proponents point to all the ways big data is helping to improve society. Some even predict social innovation may be the next frontier of big data.

Best of TEDTalks 2011 #16: The Birth of a Word

Deb Roy | Posted 02.04.2012 | Technology
Deb Roy

2011-12-05-debroyted.jpgWe are creating learning systems to interpret the intended meaning of social media comments made "in the wild." We call our television dataset the TV Genome.

Deb Roy: The Birth Of A Word

Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology

In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are excited to count down 18 great ideas of 2011, featuring the full TEDTalk with ...