The 27th of July proved us once again, we’re standing on the shoulders of giants. Thinkers from various fields took us on a lovely tour behind the scenes of research and innovation. We learned from experts about the LONG TERM benefits of RADICAL OPENNESS at the TEDxVienna Live Streaming Event from the annual TED Global conference.
By taking us through a wide range of solutions for existing or emerging global issues, the Speakers explored fields like the environment, research in stem cells and the social brain and energy efficient technologies. The session closed with a great live performance by the inventor of percussive guitar and someone he inspired along with the big announcement by Chris Anderson and Lara Stein on the new TED Prize that has been raised to $1 million.
Vicki Arroyo, environmental policy influencer, talked about different initiatives meant to prepare us for the process of adapting that comes along with the climate changes. Adapting to storms and floods, preparing for heat and drought and adapting to rising seas should be on everyone’s “To Do” list because it’s no longer only up to experts to face and beat the unknown. It’s also up to us to take action: “Adaptation will not be painless and it won’t be perfect, but inaction — no action — is not an option”, she concluded.
OMEGA, Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae, project developed and presented by Jonathan Trent introduces algae as bio-fuel and moreover they are now focusing on a system that would use plastic to host algae to grow in the sunlight under the water level and simultaneously clean water wastes from cities. A pretty bold idea! The results will be a floating farm of algae and it’s currently being build in San Francisco. He is convinced that in order to ease financial efforts of innovation, the integration of systems is what we need to work on!
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, leader of the Developmental Group at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, performed MRI studies to prove that the biggest behavioral changes at the brain level happen during adolescence. The pre-frontal cortex, responsible for cognitive functions such as decision-making, planning, social interaction and self-awareness changes dramatically during adolescence. This is why we have to take action about the 40% of teenagers that don’t have access to secondary-school education!
Susan Solomon and her team from New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) advocate for bridging the gap between academic laboratories and pharmaceutical companies by focusing on stem cell research! Stem cells morph into any existing body cells and therefore a system can be created to generate thousands of identical stem cell lines. Benefits: medicine becomes more personalized, reduced side effects and faster market entry for drugs.
Hassine Labaied introduces the “Zero-Blade” technology that improves two times the efficiency of existing tools for converting kinetic energy into electricity. In his talk he says: “On top of that, it is bird-friendly, almost silent, and it offers a good visual integration into the landscape.”
That’s NOT all, folks!
Pretty amazing, right? It was a pleasure to have you all with us on the 27th and for that we THANK YOU! We’d also like to thank our friends from Deutsche Pop Academy Vienna for hosting this event.
The TED Global 2012 event might be over for this year, but we’re not! Stay tuned because our big event in autumn is knocking at the door!