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Big Data Can Get Very Personal

Making It Personal: Why Everyone Should Care About Big Data

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Silfen, M.D.

For most of us, the term "Big Data" sounds pretty remote from our own experience -- and not particularly relevant. An explosion of data, from millions...

Who Should We Fear, Big Brother or Big Data?

Meryl Chertoff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Technology
Meryl Chertoff

There is a growing discomfort with this loss of privacy.

Autism and First Words

Marge Blanc | Posted 04.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Marge Blanc

ASD language processors are no different from other gestalt processors except that their timeline is much longer. And because of that, their sources of language input include much more media than natural language of a household.

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.

How Social Media Could Change Our Understanding of Children

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoToo many people roll their eyes about social media. They think of it as a way to waste time or sell things. But social media has tremendous potential.

Little People Meet Big Data

Benjamin K. Bergen | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Benjamin K. Bergen

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoLearning language is so difficult that no other animal or piece of software even comes close to the average human second-grader. And the mystery is: How do we do it?

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.

Using Big Data To Save A Language

Nataly Kelly | Posted 04.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Nataly Kelly

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWith a large enough dataset, all a language really needs is a community of motivated users in order to stay alive -- or even to come back from the dead.

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.

The Tower of Babble: How Humans Learn Language

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhat is truly fascinating is that just as children have an innate ability to learn language, their caregivers -- anyone from a mother to an older sibling to the teenage babysitter from down the block -- have an innate ability to teach it.

What Decides A Baby's First Words?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Lisa Belkin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoCan the sounds we choose first really capture who we will become over time? Or do we give them added meaning with hindsight, because we have waited for them so long?

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.

The Birth Of A Word

Deb Roy | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Deb Roy

2013-02-07-debroypullWith a near-complete record of life at home over the first two years of my son's life, we were able to pinpoint each time he learned to say a new word. We could then trace back in time to find each occasion where he heard that word from caregivers -- the "gestation" period leading to the word's birth.