Fun Friday brain fodder: TEDMED’s curator, Jay Walker, talks to Discovery.com in the “Curiosity” video series about the origins of his fantastical collection of some of mankind’s greatest innovations, the Library of Human Imagination. The Library celebrates humanity’s grand adventure of discovery, learning, and creativity, with objects from an original 1957 Sputnik to a 1699 atlas containing the first maps to show the sun, not the earth, as the center of the known universe. “This map, by far the most important map in history, divides the Age of Faith from the Age of Reason,” Jay says.
Will engineered meat help feed humanity’s billions? That likelihood is closer than you think, and the proof is right on the TEDMED stage. Organovo’s Gabor Forgacs, in a first-ever live demonstration, cooks up and eats meat engineered using a 3D bioprinting process.
Architect Michael Graves spent months in a rehab center following a serious illness, only to discover that the design of his room and furniture — and that of most hospitals — fails to meet even basic needs of patients and staff, especially those who are disabled. See what he has designed instead for the hospital of the future.
Biology is analog, not digital: The biomed engineer and CEO of DNA Electronics shows how low-energy, low-cost analog semiconductor devices can mimic or replace biological processes and efficiently monitor vital signs from afar.
Phenomenal photographer and co-founder of the “Day in the Life” series, Rick Smolan, shows TEDMED some of the most vivid scenes from his own life. Take a peek inside the personal world of one of humanity’s most perceptive observers.
Dawson, a choreographer and performance artist, portrays the experience of one man’s loss of proprioception, a sense of where our bodies are in space. How do we maintain humanness without a physical presence?
An awareness of our own mortality can push us to strive and suceed socially, but at what cost? John Wynn’s illuminating talk, like Steve Job’s famed Stanford commencement speech, poses important questions about how we spend our precious time on earth.
If you could see inside your body, what would it tell you? The founder, along with Deepak Chopra, of The Visual MD showcases the virtual-reality website, which uses videos and detailed graphics to show diseases and treatment effects.
Can we ever understand the experience of a person who has lost the use of his or her hand, let alone the ability to move most of her body? Dawson, a performance artist, choreographer and Feldenkrais movement therapist, makes us see.
“The End of Illness,” by TEDMED 2011 speaker David Agus, is near the top of the Amazon best-seller list and is one of the most-discussed books in America right now. We’ll be releasing his video tomorrow, but you can get a sneak peek here. Need more now? He’s also recapped his book in a Wall Street Journal piece. We’ll be releasing two more speaker videos plus a sing-along of the TEDMED 2011 theme song tomorrow, too. See you soon!