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TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. On this video feed, you'll find TED Talks to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in SD video and audio-only formats.

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The dream of educating Afghan girls lives on | Shabana Basij-Rasikh

December 03, 2021 15:43 - 443 MB Video

In this deeply moving talk, educator Shabana Basij-Rasikh shares the harrowing story of evacuating more than 250 students, staff and family members from the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) -- the country's first and only all-girls boarding school -- to Rwanda after the Taliban took power in 2021. An exceptional story of hope, resilience and dreaming big for future generations of Afghan girls -- and a challenge for the world to not look away.

How gratitude rewires your brain | Christina Costa

December 02, 2021 16:25 - 270 MB Video

When a psychologist who studies well-being ends up with a brain tumor, what happens when she puts her own research into practice? Christina Costa goes beyond the "fight" narrative of cancer -- or any formidable personal journey -- to highlight the brain benefits of an empowering alternative to fostering resilience in the face of unexpected challenges: gratitude.

The value of kindness at work | James Rhee

December 01, 2021 15:59 - 412 MB Video

Kindness can go a long way when it comes to reshaping a business. Having saved a fashion company from the brink of bankruptcy, entrepreneur James Rhee shares the value of investing in a culture of compassion at work -- and shows why we should all lead with our hearts.

What is melatonin -- and should you take it to fall asleep? | Matt Walker

December 01, 2021 15:20 - 65.6 MB Video

Melatonin is the hormone that tells our brains and bodies it's time to sleep. But if you think melatonin supplements will significantly improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, you may have been misled. Sleep scientist Matt Walker shares how this "hormone of darkness" really works.

Is it really that bad to marry my cousin? | Mona Chalabi

November 30, 2021 15:34 - 81.1 MB Video

There are things we accept as obvious truths that aren't necessarily backed up by data. A primary example: cousin marriage being taboo. In this episode, data journalist Mona Chalabi looks at the numbers behind our family trees to reveal that cousin marriage is much more common and much less "ick" than you might think. Want to hear more from Mona? Check out her podcast Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi, from the TED Audio Collective.

Ancient wisdom for healing the planet | Shweta Narayan

November 29, 2021 15:40 - 236 MB Video

The doctrine of "first, do no harm" is the basis of the Hippocratic Oath, one of the world's oldest codes of ethics. It governs the work of physicians -- but climate and health campaigner Shweta Narayan says it should go further. In this essential talk, she highlights the interdependence of environmental and human health and emphasizes the necessity of placing health at the heart of all climate solutions. "It's impossible to have healthy people on a sick planet," she says.

The surprising health benefits of dreaming | Matt Walker

November 24, 2021 15:53 - 51.7 MB Video

When you fall asleep and start dreaming, you're actually doing very important work. According to sleep scientist Matt Walker, dreams act like a form of "overnight therapy." In fact, your dreams may even boost your ability to solve problems and process tough emotions that affect your waking life.

The science of extreme weather -- and how to reduce the harm | Al Roker, Al Gore, David Biello and Latif Nasser

November 23, 2021 21:04 - 155 MB Video

Floods, droughts, heat waves and cold blasts -- why is the weather becoming more extreme? Environmentalist and "America's weatherman" Al Roker discusses the link between climate change and disruptions to weather patterns worldwide, followed by a conversation between Nobel laureate Al Gore and TED science curator David Biello about the science of extreme weather and emerging solutions to reduce the risk of these events. (This segment, introduced by radio researcher Latif Nasser, was p...

Dear world leaders, these are our climate demands | Xiye Bastida, Shiv Soin and Latif Nasser

November 23, 2021 21:03 - 162 MB Video

Investing in green energy, holding large corporations accountable for their pollution, stopping pipeline and oil extraction initiatives -- these are non-negotiable actions to protect the planet, but they are still just the bare minimum, say climate activists Xiye Bastida and Shiv Soin. In conversation with radio researcher Latif Nasser, Bastida and Soin share their list of six crucial climate demands for world leaders -- and discuss how we all can get involved. (This segment was part...

How accurate is the weather forecast? | Mona Chalabi

November 23, 2021 15:47 - 52.2 MB Video

No one remembers when you're right, but no one forgets when you're wrong. Your local weather person knows that saying all too well. But while they take a lot of the heat (get it?), how much of it is actually justified? In this episode, Mona Chalabi looks at weather forecasting data to see how accurate these predictions really are, and gives us tips for when we should--and shouldn't--trust the forecast. Want to hear more from Mona? Check out her podcast Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi,...

An action plan for solving the climate crisis | John Doerr and Ryan Panchadsaram

November 22, 2021 19:50 - 304 MB Video

"How much more damage do we have to endure before we realize that it's cheaper to save this planet than to ruin it?" asks engineer and investor John Doerr. In conversation with Countdown cofounder Lindsay Levin, Doerr and systems innovator Ryan Panchadsaram lay out six big objectives that -- if pursued with speed and scale -- could transform society and get us to net-zero emissions by 2050. An action plan to solve the world's climate crisis, backed up by a proven system for setting g...

The science of preserving sight | Joshua Chu-Tan

November 22, 2021 16:15 - 389 MB Video

As you get older, your eyes worsen and become susceptible to a disease called age-related macular degeneration -- the leading cause of blindness, with no cure in sight. Sharing the science of how your vision works, researcher Joshua Chu-Tan offers breakthrough insights on a lesser-known RNA that could change the treatment for this disease, preserving the gift of sight for longer and improving the quality of life for millions of people.

Your self-driving robotaxi is almost here | Aicha Evans

November 19, 2021 15:52 - 285 MB Video

We've been hearing about self-driving cars for years, but autonomous vehicle entrepreneur Aicha Evans thinks we need to dream more daringly. In this exciting talk, she introduces us to robotaxis: fully autonomous, eco-friendly shuttles that would take you from place to place and take up less space on the streets than personal cars. Learn how this new technology works -- and what a future where we hail robotaxis would look like.

A program to empower Black teachers in the US | Larry Irvin

November 18, 2021 15:56 - 159 MB Video

TED Fellow and education innovator Larry Irvin envisions a world where every child can see themselves reflected in their teachers. With his team at Brothers Empowered to Teach, Irvin is providing pathways to careers in education for Black men, who currently make up less than three percent of all teachers in the US -- offering training, personal and professional development and job placement. He shares how their holistic, people-centered approach is changing education.

An ever-evolving map of everything on Earth | Jack Dangermond

November 17, 2021 15:43 - 146 MB Video

What if we had a map of ... everything? Jack Dangermond, a visionary behind the geographic information system (GIS) technology used to map and analyze all kinds of complex data, walks us through the interconnected technologies gathering information about every crack and corner of the Earth. Learn how this "living atlas" and "geospatial nervous system" can help us better understand our changing planet -- and let nature guide our actions towards a more sustainable future.

Are naps actually good for us? | Matt Walker

November 17, 2021 15:42 - 64.7 MB Video

Afternoon naps are refreshing -- but could they be messing up our sleep cycles? Sleep scientist Matt Walker reveals the pros and cons of napping, plus tips on how to get the most out of your next short snooze.

The crucial intersection of climate and capital | Nili Gilbert

November 16, 2021 16:01 - 259 MB Video

The financial sector often talks of decarbonizing investment portfolios as a way to fight climate change. But portfolios can be "cleaned" without having any real impact on the problem, says investment expert Nili Gilbert. Bringing science to finance, she unpacks how investors can actually help decarbonize the world -- a costly endeavor, estimated at three to five trillion dollars per year between now and 2050 -- and ensure the climate transition is just, global and interconnected. "C...

Which box do I check? | Mona Chalabi

November 16, 2021 15:35 - 87.2 MB Video

How we identify makes a difference in our lived experiences, but it's not always reflected in the checkboxes we see on forms. In this episode, Mona Chalabi explores why language matters in data collection, and why the categories we use should reflect who we really are. Want to hear more from Mona? Check out her podcast Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi, from the TED Audio Collective.

3 steps to getting what you want in a negotiation | Ruchi Sinha

November 15, 2021 15:27 - 132 MB Video

We negotiate all the time at work -- for raises, promotions, time off -- and we usually go into it like it's a battle. But it's not about dominating, says organizational psychologist Ruchi Sinha. It's about crafting a relationship, understanding your needs and the other person's. Her three key steps will help you master this essential skill.

Tracking the whole world's carbon emissions -- with satellites and AI | Gavin McCormick

November 12, 2021 15:57 - 295 MB Video

What we know today about global greenhouse gas emissions is mostly self-reported by countries, and those numbers (sometimes tallied manually on paper!) are often inaccurate and prone to manipulation. If we really want to get serious about fighting climate change, we need a way to track carbon pollution in real-time and identify the worst culprits, says high-tech environmental activist Gavin McCormick. Enter Climate TRACE: a coalition of scientists, activists and tech companies using ...

The rise of predatory scams -- and how to prevent them | Jane Walsh

November 11, 2021 16:09 - 367 MB Video

Questionable phone calls, concerning emails, heart-rending stories from a sudden new friend in need of endless financial support: elder abuse can take many forms, says lawyer Jane Walsh. And as technology becomes more sophisticated, susceptibility to tricks and scams will increase -- no matter a person's age or intellect. Walsh spotlights the rise of this predatory crime, why it goes undetected and how you can protect your loved ones' kindness, dignity and self-respect from being man...

"Being Human" | Naima Penniman

November 10, 2021 21:44 - 102 MB Video

In this stunning spoken-word performance, poet and "freedom-forging futurist" Naima Penniman celebrates the wonders of the natural world and humanity's connection to it. "I wonder if the sun debates dawn some mornings," she says.

Leave only footprints that will wash away | Children of Palau

November 10, 2021 21:00 - 78.3 MB Video

The people of Palau -- a pristine ocean state made up of more than 300 islands in the western Pacific -- warmly welcome travelers to their home every year. But the guests don't always know how to protect the country's beautiful beaches and coral atolls. Enter the Palau Pledge: an environmental pledge that's now part of visitors' visas, where they promise to "tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully" -- while respecting the country's culture and heritage. (Thanks to Jennifer Ko...

The mighty power and flavor of plants | Derek Sarno

November 10, 2021 20:58 - 111 MB Video

Vegan chef (and head chef of TED Countdown Summit) Derek Sarno is on a mission to unleash the mighty power of plants, creating nutritious food from mushrooms and vegetables that's full of texture and flavor -- and good for the planet. He dishes out some creative cooking inspiration and shares how his personal journey led him to create amazing food that avoids animal suffering.

The powerful women on the front lines of climate action | Farwiza Farhan

November 10, 2021 20:58 - 189 MB Video

When it comes to big problems like climate change, we tend to focus on big solutions -- but many of the best ideas come from people on the ground, facing day-to-day conservation battles. Sharing her effort to protect the Leseur ecosystem in Indonesia (the last place on Earth where the Sumatran rhino, tiger, elephant and orangutan still roam together in the wild), TED Fellow and conservationist Farwiza Farhan explains the challenges women face on the front lines of forest preservation...

A bold plan to protect 30 percent of the Earth's surface and ocean floor | Enric Sala

November 10, 2021 20:54 - 240 MB Video

As a diver in the 1970s, marine ecologist Enric Sala saw once-lush oceanscapes reduced to underwater deserts -- but later, in marine preserves across the globe, he also witnessed the ocean's power to rejuvenate itself when left to its own natural devices. Could rewilding the planet help us restore biodiversity and reduce the impacts of climate change? Sala presents the 30x30 initiative: a global plan to protect 30 percent of the Earth's surface and the ocean floor by 2030.

A vision for sustainable energy in Africa | Chibeze Ezekiel

November 10, 2021 20:52 - 181 MB Video

Africa needs new energy sources to fuel its development, but the continent should invest in renewable energy instead of cheap, polluting alternatives like coal, says climate inclusion activist Chibeze Ezekiel. He tells the story of how he worked with local communities in Ghana to halt the construction of the country's first coal power plant -- and encouraged the government to prioritize investments in renewable energy instead. "Development and clean, breathable air should not be mutu...

Why better sleep means a better sex life | Matt Walker

November 10, 2021 15:41 - 59.4 MB Video

Want a healthier love life? Get better sleep, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this episode, he explains how getting more quality shut-eye can boost fertility and vitality -- plus how sex can even improve your sleep.

How your brain invents your "self" | Anil Seth

November 10, 2021 15:41 - 604 MB Video

Who are you, really? Neuroscientist Anil Seth lays out his fascinating new theory of consciousness and self, centered on the notion that we "predict" the world into existence. From sleep to memory and everything in between, Seth explores the reality we experience in our brains -- versus the world as it objectively might be. (This talk and conversation, hosted by TED science curator David Biello, was part of a TED Membership event. Visit ted.com/membership to become a TED Member.)

How small countries can make a big impact on climate change | Nicola Sturgeon

November 09, 2021 15:46 - 242 MB Video

When it comes to tackling climate change, the size of a country doesn't matter -- it's their ambition that counts, says First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. In a rousing talk, she shares examples of small nations -- from Bhutan and Fiji to her own Scotland -- whose leadership and climate action are galvanizing change on the international stage. (Followed by a brief Q&A with TED's global curator Bruno Giussani about the Cambo oil field project)

How did we get fertility so wrong? | Mona Chalabi

November 09, 2021 15:14 - 78.5 MB Video

When it comes to making a baby, we know it takes two to tango. So why do the pressures of fertility often fall on only one half of the equation? In this video, data journalist Mona Chalabi examines some of the big misconceptions around fertility, shares significant blind spots in the data, and reveals why we need more research on sperm. Want to hear more from Mona? Check out her podcast Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi, from the TED Audio Collective.

Super speed, magnetic levitation and the vision behind the hyperloop | Josh Giegel

November 08, 2021 20:40 - 227 MB Video

What if your hour-long commute was reduced to just minutes? That's the promise of the hyperloop: a transit system designed around a pod that zooms through a vacuum-sealed space (roughly the size of a subway tunnel) at hyper-speed, powered by next-generation batteries and state-of-the-art magnetic levitation. In the visionary talk, Josh Giegel, the hyperloop's very first passenger, shares how this zipping innovation could launch us into a faster, cleaner future of transportation.

What working parents really need from workplaces | Angela Garbes

November 08, 2021 15:35 - 127 MB Video

What if we started treating parenting like the real work it is? Podcast host and CEO Angela Garbes details how working families have evolved -- and how companies haven't -- and gives insight into what parents really need from their colleagues and workplaces.

The creative power of your intuition | Bozoma Saint John

November 05, 2021 14:37 - 318 MB Video

Great ideas are like electricity -- they snap into sharp focus and sprint from place to place. What's the best way to capture them? Bozoma Saint John, Chief Marketing Officer at Netflix, makes a compelling case to move away from an overreliance on data when making big decisions -- and calls on us all to tap into the power of our intuition and become creative trailblazers.

A tailored history of who wears what -- and why | Richard Thompson Ford

November 04, 2021 14:54 - 292 MB Video

From puffy trousers to pantsuits and everything in between, law professor and author Richard Thompson Ford takes us on a fascinating tour through the history of fashion and the evolution of dress codes that still influence style today, tracing the real consequences people face for the way they dress. He offers an insightful and eye-opening explanation about why people care so much about what others wear -- and explains why you should think twice before calling the fashion police.

A simple solution to maintaining life-saving vaccines | Nithya Ramanathan

November 03, 2021 14:46 - 156 MB Video

Refrigerators do much more than store your groceries -- they're also vital to preserving and distributing vaccines. Illustrating the realities of (and threats to) global vaccine supply chains, technologist and TED Fellow Nithya Ramanathan describes how smart sensors placed in fridges that store medical supplies can provide crucial, real-time data and ensure people get the life-saving care they need.

The problem of vaccine spoilage -- and a smart sensor to help | Nithya Ramanathan

November 03, 2021 14:46 - 156 MB Video

Refrigerators do much more than store your groceries -- they're also vital to preserving and distributing vaccines. Illustrating the realities of (and threats to) global vaccine supply chains, technologist and TED Fellow Nithya Ramanathan describes how smart sensors placed in fridges that store medical supplies can provide crucial, real-time data and ensure people get the life-saving care they need.

How daylight saving time affects our bodies, minds -- and world | Matt Walker

November 03, 2021 14:35 - 38.3 MB Video

For places that observe daylight saving time, gaining an hour of sleep every November -- or losing an hour every March -- doesn't just affect how well-rested (or caffeinated) people are. The effects of the semi-annual time change are far-reaching, drastically changing stroke and car accident rates, stock prices and more! Sleep scientist Matt Walker shares the surprising consequences of DST, and what they can teach us about improving our own sleep health.

What we miss when we focus on the average | Mona Chalabi

November 02, 2021 14:51 - 84.5 MB Video

It's tempting to focus on averages when we think about data, but the world is a lot messier than those numbers can make it out to be. So what could we gain if we shifted our attention to the outliers in the data, or as data journalist Mona Chalabi likes to call them, the lost birds? Want to hear more from Mona? Check out her podcast Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi, from the TED Audio Collective.

How to make radical climate action the new normal | Al Gore

November 02, 2021 13:12 - 415 MB Video

A net-zero future is possible, but first we need to flip a mental switch to truly understand that we can stop the climate crisis if we try, says Nobel laureate Al Gore. In this inspiring and essential talk, Gore shares examples of extreme climate events (think: fires, floods and atmospheric tsunamis), identifies the man-made systems holding us back from progress and invites us all to join the movement for climate justice: "the biggest emergent social movement in all of history," as h...

3 rules to help you build a successful business | Julissa Prado

November 01, 2021 14:45 - 118 MB Video

Have an idea you're yearning to turn into a business? Julissa Prado, founder and CEO of Rizos Curls, explains how she was inspired by the Latino and immigrant communities she grew up in -- and shares 3 principles that guide her in her work.

What is COP26? | Countdown

October 30, 2021 18:18 - 77.4 MB Video

What is COP26? Here's what you need to know about the crucial UN climate conference set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland from October 31-November 12, 2021. Featuring climate advocate Al Gore; Paris Climate Agreement architect Christiana Figueres; minister and activist Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.; UN High Level Climate Action Champion for COP25 Gonzalo Muñoz; and climate activist Xiye Bastida.

The 55 gigaton challenge | Countdown

October 30, 2021 16:27 - 150 MB Video

This is the climate challenge we face: we need to go from putting 55 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the air each year to zero. And it all needs to happen by 2050 at the latest. How can we get there? This quick animated video explains. (Written by David Biello and voiced by Elise Hu)

A new perspective on the journey to net-zero | Amina J. Mohammed

October 29, 2021 14:47 - 205 MB Video

Climate action can be a vehicle to deliver dignity, opportunity and equality for all. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed invites us to reimagine what the journey to net-zero could look like if we invest in people's climate efforts while prioritizing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals -- a blueprint of interlinked global goals to protect humanity and our warming planet. "It's time to make some serious noise to transform our world," she says.

The fastest way to slow climate change now | Ilissa Ocko

October 28, 2021 19:54 - 258 MB Video

"Cutting methane is the single fastest, most effective opportunity to reduce climate change risks in the near term," says atmospheric scientist Ilissa Ocko. That's because, unlike carbon dioxide, methane's warming power doesn't come from a gradual buildup over time but is almost entirely from recent emissions. Ocko identifies three main sources of methane pollution which, if addressed, could dramatically slow down the rate of global warming within years -- not decades. "This is the m...

The fastest way to reduce global warming now | Ilissa Ocko

October 28, 2021 19:54 - 258 MB Video

"Cutting methane is the single fastest, most effective opportunity to reduce climate change risks in the near term," says atmospheric scientist Ilissa Ocko. That's because, unlike carbon dioxide, methane's warming power doesn't come from a gradual buildup over time but is almost entirely from recent emissions. Ocko identifies three main sources of methane pollution which, if addressed, could dramatically slow down the rate of global warming within years -- not decades. "This is the methane mo...

AI isn't as smart as you think -- but it could be | Jeff Dean

October 28, 2021 19:51 - 492 MB Video

What is AI, really? Jeff Dean, the head of Google's AI efforts, explains the underlying technology that enables artificial intelligence to do all sorts of things, from understanding language to diagnosing disease -- and presents a roadmap for building better, more responsible systems that have a deeper understanding of the world. (Followed by a Q&A with head of TED Chris Anderson)

The tech-forward rejuvenation of "underdog" cities | Irma L. Olguin Jr.

October 28, 2021 14:46 - 341 MB Video

Computer skills aren't what's stopping people from breaking into the tech industry, says social entrepreneur Irma L. Olguin Jr. More often, the biggest hurdles are things like access to childcare, transportation and financial stability. In this visionary talk, Olguin Jr. introduces the work she's done to uplift and empower people in her community in Fresno, California -- and shows how it can be a model to elevate "underdog" communities across the world.

Stuck in the gig economy? Try platform co-ops instead | Trebor Scholz

October 27, 2021 14:50 - 336 MB Video

Co-ops date back almost 200 years, run by groups of people that work together to own and operate a company. What does it look like when this tried-and-true business model merges with the digital economy? Trebor Scholz introduces the "platform cooperative," a new way to create democratic companies of empowered workers -- and develop a better, fairer alternative to the gig economy.

How platform co-ops democratize work | Trebor Scholz

October 27, 2021 14:50 - 336 MB Video

Co-ops date back almost 200 years, run by groups of people that work together to own and operate a company. What does it look like when this tried-and-true business model merges with the digital economy? Trebor Scholz introduces the "platform cooperative," a new way to create democratic companies of empowered workers -- and develop a better, fairer alternative to the gig economy.

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Lori Gottlieb
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AJ Jacobs
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Akash Manoj
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Carson Bruns
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Christer Mjåset
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David Baker
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Douglas Rushkoff
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Eric Liu
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Greta Thunberg
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James Logan
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Jan Rader
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Jeanne Pinder
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Jennifer 8. Lee
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Johann Hari
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Jonny Sun
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Joy Wolfram
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Julian Burschka
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Kate Bowler
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Kim Gorgens
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Lee Thomas
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Mathias Basner
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Matt Walker
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Mitchell Katz
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Nick Bostrom
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Nir Eyal
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Pico Iyer
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Rachel Wurzman
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Rebecca Brachman
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Rick Doblin
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Rob Reid
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Rosalind Picard
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Sabine Doebel
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Sandeep Jauhar
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Sarah Kay
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Tom Thum
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