TEDGlobal2011 Live Broadcast: "Stuff of Life"

July 13, 2011, 10:00

On Wednesday, July 13, in Digital October Center took place a live broadcast of TEDGlobal2011 – 2nd day of the conference – from Edinburgh.

TEDGlobal 2011 was dedicated to celebration of life in all its forms: from the secrets of the biological processes in human body to the cultural constructs in human society. During four days, 50-plus speakers and performers from all over the world were looking at who we are, what we do, and how we relate to each other and to other living organisms. Speakers analyzed the resources, technologies and skills that make life possible and keep it going – and the many things that make it interesting, enjoyable and worthwhile; explored themes that are basic to humanity, and those that threaten it.

Live broadcast from Edinburgh, called “Stuff of life”, took place in Digital October Center.

For any clarifications regarding the event, please contact Valeria Borodina:: v_borodina@mail.ru (Валерия Бородина).

Full TEDGlobal 2011 speaker program is available at the website of the conference. Below you can find schedule on Wednesday, July 13.

SESSION 6 (17.15-19.00). THE DARK SIDE.

Pamela Meyer

Social media expert Pamela Meyer can tell when you’re lying. If it’s not your words that give you away, it’s your posture, eyes, breathing rate, fidgets, and a host of other indicators. Working with a team of researchers over several years, Meyer, who is CEO of social networking company Simpatico Networks, collected and reviewed most of the research on deception that has been published, from such fields as law-enforcement, military, psychology and espionage. Her research is synthetized in her bestselling book Liespotting.

Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre writes "Bad Science" -- unpicking dodgy scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, dubious government reports, evil pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and quacks.


Misha Glenny

Journalist Misha Glenny leaves no stone unturned (and no failed state unexamined) in his excavation of criminal globalization. Glenny's 2008 book McMafia illuminates the byzantine outlines of global organized crime. Whether it's pot smugglers in British Columbia, oil/weapons/people traffickers in Eastern Europe, Japanese yakuza or Nigerian scammers, to research this magisterial work Glenny penetrated the convoluted, globalized and franchised modern underworld -- often at considerable personal risk.

Mikko Hypponen

The chief research officer at F-Secure Corporation in Finland, Mikko Hypponen has led his team through some of the largest computer virus outbreaks in history. His team took down the world-wide network used by the Sobig.F worm. He was the first to warn the world about the Sasser outbreak, and he has done classified briefings on the operation of the Stuxnet worm -- a hugely complex worm designed to sabotage Iranian nuclear enrichment facilities.

Karen Tse

A former public defender, Karen Tse developed an interest in the intersection of criminal law and human rights after observing Southeast Asian refugees held in a local prison without trial, often tortured to obtain "confessions." In 1994, she moved to Cambodia to train the country's first core group of public defenders. Under the auspices of the UN, she trained judges and prosecutors, and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia.

Eddi Reader

Scotland-born Eddi Reader was an '80s pop star in the UK, where her band Fairground Attraction had a #1 hit with the supercatchy "Perfect." Now, as a solo artist, her sounds has matured; quiet acoustic arrangements and gentle harmonies put her lush voice front and center. TED Music Director Thomas Dolby calls her his favorite singer of all time.

COFFEE BREAK (19.00-20.00)

SESSION 7 (20.00-21.15). BODIES.

Daniel Wolpert

A neuroscientist and engineer, Daniel Wolpert studies how the brain controls the body. At his lab in the Engineering department at Cambridge, Daniel Wolpert and his team are studying why, looking to understand the computations underlying the brain's sensorimotor control of the body.


Sheril Kirshenbaum

A research scientist at the University of Texas, Sheril Kirshenbaum wrote The Science of Kissing, containing "everything you always wanted to know about kissing but either haven't asked, couldn't find out, or didn't realize you should understand." As a biologist, she collaborates with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans and culture.

Péter Fankhauser

Mechanical engineer Péter Fankhauser is leading a large team of student engineers and designers at the Swiss federal institute of technology in Zurich who are building a robot that balances and drives on a single sphere. He says of Rezero: "He wants to demonstrate what he can do, as if he was saying, ‘Backwards, forwards. I can do it all. Look at me!'"

Marco Tempest

A magician and illusionist for the 21st century, Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini. Tempest’s imaginative combination of computer-generated imagery, quick-cut video and enthusiastic stage presence has earned him a place in the pantheon of great illusionists. At 22, the Swiss magician won the New York World Cup of Magic, launching him into international prominence.

Jae Rhim Lee

Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist and mushroom lover. In her early work, as a grad student at MIT, she built systems that reworked basic human processes: sleeping (check out her it-just-might-work vertical bed from 2004), urinating and eating (and the relationship between the two). Now she's working on a compelling new plan for the final human process: decomposition.


Alice Russell

Alice Russell is one of those fabulous British girls with a great big soul sound – a tradition stretching from Dusty Springfield to Alison Moyet to Adele. With her sultry voice chock-full of soul power, Alice Russell is a force of nature.

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