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Playlist: Bobak Ferdowsi: On our home in the universe

5 talks · 1h 08m · Curated by Bobak Ferdowski

Bobak Ferdowsi: On our home in the universe (5 talks)

NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi helped the Curiosity rover land on Mars. He's fascinated by talks that deepen our understanding of the world around us. In addition to the flight notes below, Bobak says, "This list represents a small set of the talks that speak to me about our home in the universe."

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    The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you'll see).
    “Hans Rosling is a personal favorite of mine because he presents such complex concepts in very intuitive ways.”
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    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
    “My experience has been that kids are so creative and inquisitive and unfortunately those traits aren’t always nurtured, so though I don’t know that I fully agree, watching Robinson’s talk on our education is still really interesting.”
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    Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.
    “I appreciate Hans Rosling as someone who often has to convey topics where trends and data are involved. But also just for his work in understanding the state of the world and our condition.”
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    In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them.
    “Dr. Hawking provides an amazing insight in perspective into our universe and provides a context for life as we know it.”
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    Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant thought experiment: a machine that could form a new bond between animal and human.
    “What’s so cool is how much intelligence there is in the world and that’s why I love learning about crows – even as a child growing up I would watch crows find clever ways of scavenging for food.”