Carlos Modesto

Rijswijk Zh, Netherlands

About Carlos


1972 - Born in Maputo, Mozambique.
1974 - Marinhais, Portugal.
1980 - Vale da Amoreira, Portugal.
1992 - Aveiro, Portugal.
1998 - Barcelona, Spain.
1998 - Got married.
1999 - Vilamoura, Portugal.
2000 - Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2001 - Haarlem, Netherlands.
2002 - The Hague, Nehterlands.
2003 - First child (daughter).
2004 - Rijswijk, Netherlands.
2005 - Second child (son).

Areas of Expertise

Solid State physics, Geophysics, Intelectual Property

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I'm passionate about

Science, technology and education.

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People don't know I'm good at

Cooking some fancy dishes...

My TED story

I was introduced to TED back in 2005, since then I have been enjoying lots of interesting talks on many different and varied subjects. I have also recommended TED to a number of friends.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Carlos Modesto
Posted over 5 years ago
Herbie Hancock: An all-star set
Julien, I do understand your point, and it may look simple to you to produce those sounds ("...a kid messing around..."), but believe me: no kid could possibly "mess" around like that... Herbie Hancock is just too much of a genius, and as an extremely experienced musician he's no longer focused on mere technicalities he goes further and tries to offer us new horizons. A great performance indeed!
Carlos Modesto
Posted over 6 years ago
Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?
Jared's talk is definitely one of the most relevant I've seen in the last couple of months. The subject, as common as it may seem, should become much more debated and should be thoroughly discussed in the mass media. The crucial point of the whole talk, in my opinion at least, is mentioned around min. 12 when Jared clearly identifies the conflict of interests between small elites and societies as a whole. This is the main reason for collapse, it may have not always been like that, but it is definitely true in our case. Another alarming factor is that such a concerted and continuous attack against our own planet on a global scale is unprecedented. There are very few regions on Earth that remain unspoiled and untouched by Men. When looking around the planet and seeing the type of crimes committed against it. It becomes indeed clear that the short interest of a minority (mostly private companies related to natural resources like oil, gas, and mining but also to agriculture, acting either alone or with the backup of entire governments) is seriously compromising the future of us all. Entire habitats, which have taken thousands or possibly millions of years to reach the current equilibrium, are being devastated in a matter of months. And as if abusing the planets resources was not enough, I believe that a great part of the problem resides in our current economy model. To have goods being produced in few locations and then distributed across the globe thereby consuming resources that are finite and scarce seems to me like an awful waste. Just consider the amount of fuel spent on transportation of (consumable) products simply to improve some companys profits, especially when most of these products could (and should) be produced locally. Awareness, knowledge and education are the keywords if we are to survive the next century.