Incredible talk by Bill Gates about his vision to solve the worlds energy crisis at TED2010:
“At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.”
“When Olympic athletes take the medal stand at this month’s XXI Winter Games, they’ll be decked out in a completely different kind of hardware: the recycled metals from end-of-life electronics. Canadian mining company Teck Resources was able to harvest the gold, silver, and bronze from the circuit boards of old computers and have it melted down and cast back into what are now the Olympic medals. Motherboard heads to Vancouver to check out the making of the distinctive medals and interview the designers: Omer Arbel, an internationally acclaimed architect and industrial designer, and Corrine Hunt, a First Nations artist from the Raven Gwa’waina clan, of the Kwakwaka’wakw village on Vancouver Island.
The symbolism isn’t just fitting with the Olympics’ increasing moves toward sustainability; it’s a counterpoint to both the dangers of electronic waste and the heavy environmental impact that Canadian mining companies have had on landscapes in Canada and across the world. Though Teck appears to be making serious efforts to clean up its act, resource extraction is a dark stain on the country’s environmental record (in the case of the tar sands, the stain is very literal).
But these recycled medals are a healthy reminder that we don’t need to pull resources out of the ground, and that the 11,000 computers we throw out every day in the United States alone are packed with valuable material that can be reused rather than left to rot the earth in e-waste dumps. It’s an idea that deserves a medal of its own.”
“The leader of Britain’s Conservative Party says we’re entering a new era — where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy.”
Wow! Bing has really taken Maps navigation to a new level. First off they are finally integrating Photosynth into Maps which will take some time to become more common due to cameras lacking gps data, but then they blow the socks off of the TED audience with streaming video footage inside a map taking augmented reality to a live reality. Watch the video above to be blown away!
This years TED prize wish went to a very gifted and caring chef Jamie Oliver. Watch the video above and be in awe for what we all know yet seem to ignore to some extent. Is it our fault or our surroundings? Why don’t we grow up knowing how to cook as children and depend on fast food or processed food. His talk left my mind in disruption and anger to better our society for a food revolution NOW. Watch the video above, then sign his petition. Yes, sign his petition here!
I’m off to TED 2010 for the rest of the week in Palm Springs. If you’d like to watch from your own home you can pay for the TED associate feed which streams all the talks to your home live. As usual, it’ll be an inspirational brain safari into ideas to spread across the world. Be on the lookout for posts next week, follow me on twitter (hahatango), or join the designverb facebook fan page for quick random links to things I find. If your going, let me know!
I was shopping around Boston this weekend and came upon a new watch by Nixon (51-30 PU) that caught my attention. It’s big, heavy, and pretty feels great on the arm. I’ve come by other like watches which cost more but I just wanted to share this find with ya’ll because I like it and think it’s a pretty good deal for $370 though $300 would be much nicer. I’m thinking about buying it, but for now, I’ll just share the find. It comes in a few colorful flavors. Check it out.
I’ve seen my share of scarfs with gloves, pockets, as hoodies, partially a vest, and much more, but how about a stylish scarf that also wears as a tie. Pretty neat for those that can pull this off. No clue on if it’s just a concept or for sale via their website Andtie.dk
While in Hong Kong I was told about some Coca-Cola soda bottle that created ice just by shaking it. These soda bottles are stored in a special vending machine throughout Hong Kong. When you open it, then shake it a bit, the inside liquid creates ice! I didn’t have the time to fetch one of these bottles, but I found a few video clips (here, here, and the above video) .
From my knowledge, the soda is the same as regular soda, but the temperature is a bit more chilly. When you shake the soda after opening it, carbon throughout the bottle fizzes up, creating ice crystals, hence making ice. It’s just the right temperature to turn some of the of the liquid to slush, but not freeze the whole bottle. I’m making a guess about how this all works based on this “Beer magic trick video” though it seems to also work with plain water. I’m going to have to give this trick a try.