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Jun 02

What we’re watching this week

by Nasrin • June 2, 2010

Clips & Flicks

Have you heard of TED? According to their site, they are a small non-profit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading." Since 1984, they’ve been devoted to bringing people together from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

They frequently post videos from the best and brightest thinkers speaking on a variety of contemporary issues.

This week, we’re watching these three videos on technology.

Lalitesh Katragadda discusses using geo-data to let people around the globe map their neighborhoods. These collaborative maps can be used to fight disaster and build economies, highlighting the significance of a communal web effort to change the world.

Nicholas Christakis discusses how we are all embedded in vast "social networks" and how a variety of traits (like happiness and obesity) can spread from person to person in these networks. Discusses how your location in your network impacts your life in unimaginable ways.

Christopher Poole on the power and price of online anonymity. How users run and manage a public, mainstream, media website.

 

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