Watch TED Talks: Cyber Awe

The Ted Talks series features lectures by people from various fields who discuss concepts that affect society in the past, present, and future. This lecture is about intimacy and the rise of social media. Has social media made us less connected to our fellow human beings, or is it bringing us closer together in ways we could have never imagined?

1 Season, 17 Episodes
December 6, 2016
Documentary & Biography, Science & Technology
TED Talks: Cyber Awe
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TED Talks: Cyber Awe Full Episode Guide

  • Presenter Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify images and videos in real-time on the Internet.

  • At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss and share, rather than passively consume.

  • Presenter Gary Kovacs makes the case that Web tracking isn't 100 percent evil; personal data can actually make your browsing more efficient.

  • In this talk from the TEDYouth conference, YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca discusses the four reasons a video goes viral.

  • Presenter Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication as we know it.

  • Ralph Langner explains how his team discovered the Stuxnet computer worm, a digital warhead, using cyber-forensics.

  • How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control?

  • Twitter co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the firm's successful ideas came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.

  • Twenty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. What's his next project?

  • Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" -- the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles.

  • Who are the hackers? An underworld investigator profiles several convicted coders and reaches a startling conclusion.

  • A social theorist suggests that the Internet is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.

  • A tech enthusiast discovers that technology's movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.

  • Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes.

  • In a funny, rapid-fire talk, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale's rise to Web stardom.

  • Jonathan Harris's projects troll the Internet to make sense of the emotional world of the Web.

  • Clay Shirky shows how social media help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news (however briefly).

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