TED Talks for Type B personalities—and anyone else who wants to get inspired and learn something new this week

TED Talks for Type B personalities—and anyone else who wants to get inspired and learn something new this week

09 Jul 2017

TED.com is one of the best places on the internet to be educated, informed and enlightened.  But with new talks uploaded monthly, it’s hard to keep up. Here are five talks you might find relevant right now if you skew Type B at work.


A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings

Featuring: eL Seed, artist

“eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris. The artist and TED Fellow shares the story of his most ambitious project yet: a mural painted across 50 buildings in Manshiyat Naser, a district of Cairo, Egypt, that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain.”


The spellbinding art of human anatomy

Featuring: Vanessa Ruiz, anatomical artist

“Vanessa Ruiz takes us on an illustrated journey of human anatomical art over the centuries, sharing captivating images that bring this visual science — and the contemporary artists inspired by it — to life. ‘Anatomical art has the power to reach far beyond the pages of a medical textbook,’ she says, ‘connecting our innermost selves with our bodies through art.’”


How computers are learning to be creative

Featuring: Blaise Agüera y Arcas, software architect

“We're on the edge of a new frontier in art and creativity — and it's not human. Blaise Agüera y Arcas, principal scientist at Google, works with deep neural networks for machine perception and distributed learning. In this captivating demo, he shows how neural nets trained to recognize images can be run in reverse, to generate them. The results: spectacular, hallucinatory collages (and poems!) that defy categorization. ‘Perception and creativity are very intimately connected,’ Agüera y Arcas says. ‘Any creature, any being that is able to do perceptual acts is also able to create.’”


My love letter to cosplay

Featuring: Adam Savage, maker, critical thinker

“Adam Savage makes things and builds experiments, and he uses costumes to add humor, color and clarity to the stories he tells. Tracing his lifelong love of costumes — from a childhood space helmet made of an ice cream tub to a No-Face costume he wore to Comic-Con — Savage explores the world of cosplay and the meaning it creates for its community. ‘We're connecting with something important inside of us,’ he says. ‘The costumes are how we reveal ourselves to each other.’”


How young Africans found a voice on Twitter

Featuring: Siyanda Mohutsiwa, writer

“What can a young woman with an idea, an Internet connection and a bit of creativity achieve? That's all Siyanda Mohutsiwa needed to unite young African voices in a new way. Hear how Mohutsiwa and other young people across the continent are using social media to overcome borders and circumstance, accessing something they have long had to violently take: a voice.”


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