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From the construction of virtual realities to the internet of things—technology is changing our world every day. But how can we make sure that the quickly-evolving role that tech plays in our lives is one that builds, empowers, and connects us? Host Sherrell Dorsey guides you through the latest ideas from TED Speakers, uncovering the riveting questions that sit at the intersection of technology, society, science, design, business, and innovation. Listen in every Friday.

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Recent Episodes of TED Tech


3 mysteries of the universe — and a new force that might explain them | Alex Keshavarzi

3 mysteries of the universe — and a new force that might explain them | Alex Keshavarzi

We're still in the dark about what 95 percent of our universe is made of — and the standard model for understanding particle physics has hit a limit. What's the next step forward? Particle physicist Alex Keshavarzi digs into the first results of the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab in Chicago, which found compelling evidence of new particles or forces existing in our universe — a finding that could act as a window into the subatomic world and deepen our understanding of the fabric of reality.

Episode 7 June 2024 13m and 21s


The TED AI Show: AI may take jobs – but not our creativity w/ artist Claire Silver

The TED AI Show: AI may take jobs – but not our creativity w/ artist Claire Silver

Like many new, exciting artistic technologies before it, the development of AI is begging us to ask: what counts as art? In a provocative conversation, Claire Silver, an anonymous AI collaborative artist, sits down with Bilawal to talk about how AI has revolutionized her own mixed media practice, and why she thinks that AI may be an inextricable part of human creativity in the near future.

For transcripts for The TED AI Show, visit go.ted.com/TTAIS-transcripts

Episode 4 June 2024 31m and 10s


Can AI catch criminals at sea? | Dyhia Belhabib

Can AI catch criminals at sea? | Dyhia Belhabib

Can AI help catch oceanic outlaws? From drug smugglers to modern-day pirates, maritime crime fighter Dyhia Belhabib introduces Heva: an AI-powered tool that aggregates international criminal records to detect and stop crime that might otherwise get swept away in the tide. After the talk, Sherrell dives deeper into how technology can help us keep our oceans safe. 

Episode 31 May 2024 14m and 1s


The TED AI Show: What really went down at OpenAI and the future of regulation w/ Helen Toner

The TED AI Show: What really went down at OpenAI and the future of regulation w/ Helen Toner

If there’s one AI company that’s made a splash in mainstream vernacular, it’s OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT. Former board member and AI policy expert Helen Toner joins Bilawal to discuss the existing knowledge gaps and conflicting interests between those who are in charge of making the latest technology – and those who create our policies at the government level.

For transcripts for The TED AI Show, visit go.ted.com/TTAIS-transcripts

Episode 28 May 2024 40m and 28s


The AI-powered tools supercharging your imagination | Bilawal Sidhu

The AI-powered tools supercharging your imagination | Bilawal Sidhu

How is AI changing the nature of human imagination and creativity? Through a mind-bending tour of new techniques he's been tinkering with, creative technologist Bilawal Sidhu shows how anyone can use AI-powered tools — like 3D scans that let you redesign the physical world in real time — to expand the possibilities of artistic expression, often within just minutes. After the talk, join Sherrell in conversation with Bilawal — and learn about our new podcast he’s hosting, the TED AI Show, which can be found anywhere you listen to podcasts. 

Episode 24 May 2024 18m and 20s


The TED AI Show: Is AI destroying our sense of reality? with Sam Gregory

The TED AI Show: Is AI destroying our sense of reality? with Sam Gregory

Could you spot a deepfake? We’re entering a new world where generative AI is challenging our sense of what’s real and what’s fiction. In our first episode, Bilawal and Sam Gregory, a human rights activist and technologist, discuss how to protect our sense of reality.

This is an episode of The TED AI Show, TED's newest podcast. Sure, some predictions about AI are just hype – but others suggest that everything we know is about to fundamentally change. Creative technologist Bilawal Sidhu talks with the world’s leading experts, artists, journalists, and more to explore the thrill...

Episode 21 May 2024 27m and 25s


Why don't we have better robots yet? | Ken Goldberg

Why don't we have better robots yet? | Ken Goldberg

Why hasn't the dream of having a robot at home to do your chores become a reality yet? With three decades of research expertise in the field, roboticist Ken Goldberg sheds light on the clumsy truth about robots — and what it will take to build more dexterous machines to work in a warehouse or help out at home.

Episode 17 May 2024 13m and 13s


AI and the paradox of self-replacing workers | Madison Mohns

AI and the paradox of self-replacing workers | Madison Mohns

As companies introduce AI into the workplace to increase productivity, an uncomfortable paradox is emerging: people are often responsible for training the very systems that might displace them. AI ethics advocate Madison Mohns presents three leadership principles to embrace technological progress while prioritizing your coworkers' well-being — paving the way for a future where AI enhances human potential.

Episode 10 May 2024 11m and 33s


How wireless energy from space could power everything | Ali Hajimiri

How wireless energy from space could power everything | Ali Hajimiri

Modern life runs on wireless technology. What if the energy powering our devices could also be transmitted without wires? This week we are revisiting a talk by electrical engineer Ali Hajimiri, where he explains the principles behind wireless energy transfer and shares his far-out vision for launching flexible solar panels into space in order to collect sunlight, convert it to electrical power and then beam it down to Earth. Learn how this technology could power everything — and light up our world from space.

Episode 3 May 2024 11m and 50s


How AI and democracy can fix each other | Divya Siddarth

How AI and democracy can fix each other | Divya Siddarth

We don't have to sacrifice our freedom for the sake of technological progress, says social technologist Divya Siddarth. She shares how a group of people helped retrain one of the world's most powerful AI models on a constitution they wrote — and offers a vision of technology that aligns with the principles of democracy, rather than conflicting with them.

Episode 26 April 2024 12m and 2s

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