Monthly Archives: November 2018


Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

”We have to find ways if we’re actually going to address sustainability … making better choices that result in net environmental gains. What we need to learn is how to do more with less.” – Leyla Acaroglu Let’s talk about sustainability. It’s a word we like to throw around for […]


What does AI have to do with creativity and compassion?

The TED2018 conference “The Age of Amazement” in Vancouver left me amazed indeed. I was sitting with my jaw dropped in Gartenbaukino on the broadcast event organized by TEDxVienna. But there was one particular talk that kept my brain busy for months after the live stream in April. It was […]


Medical technology turns fiction into fact

What if you met your doctor virtually? What if we diagnosed diseases using apps? What if organs for transplantation were grown in a lab instead of donated? What if you could enhance your cognitive performance using just a headset? While these questions might sounds like science fiction, they will soon […]


Extreme Sports for the Mind – Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape the Room Championships

The Red Bull Mind Gamers are back, following successful events like the Rubik’s Cube championships, with an all new mind bending experience, the Escape the Room Championships.  We went to the regional qualifiers in Vienna to get the inside story.  Escape the Room has become a popular activity in recent years; touring Salzburg […]


The simplexity of donations

Under the slogan “choose one item from the list and make a difference”, the attendees of SIMPLEXITY could solve a complex problem by taking a simple step: providing those in need with everyday objects. They were asked to bring in-kind donations for a well-known Austrian charity: Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst aids asylum seekers […]


Kevin Lieber on creativity, Vsauce2 and science communication

TEDxVienna recently got the chance to chat with Kevin Lieber during our 2018 conference SIMPLEXITY. We had a talk about the role of the science communicator in today’s society, his creative endeavors on Vsauce2, his personal YouTube channel, and his new podcast. The Interview Q: As a first question, I’m […]


To control complex systems with a simple brain – The interview with Ramin Hasani

Have you ever felt that Blade Runner’s scenes from 1982 are transforming into reality nowadays? Do you recognize the concepts of Star Trek: The Original Series from 1966 in the solutions or products of today? Or maybe even you yourself are developing one of them? Then – for sure – […]