Monday, March 31, 2008

Spend 18 Minutes with TED

TED, (Technology, Entertainment, Design) began in 1984 as a way to spread new ideas. They are devoted to giving millions of knowledge-seekers around the globe direct access to the world's greatest thinkers and teachers. They now have a time limit of 18 minutes for each of the talks, which are free to distribute under the Creative Commons License and sponsored by BMW.

Here's a recent talk by Neuroscientist Christopher deCharms who is helping to develop a new kind of MRI that allows doctor and patient to look inside the brain in real time -- to see visual representations of brain processes as they happen. With his company Omneuron, deCharms has developed technology they call rtfMRI, for "real-time functional MRI" -- which is exactly what it sounds like. You move your arm, your brain lights up. You feel pain, your brain lights up.


Other past talks:

In the "What Makes Us Happy" theme, Rick Warren: On Purpose

In the "TED Prize Wish" theme, Bono: Join my call to action on Africa


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