Soft Robots

Soft Robots

  Giada Gerboni [  Biomimicry ] So, robots. Robots can be programmed to do the same task millions of times with minimal error, something very difficult for us, right? And it can be very impressive to watch them at work. Look at them. I could watch them for hours. No? What is less impressive is that if you take these robots out of

Sleep Emergency

Sleep Emergency

 Matthew Walker [ Sleep Engineering ] It’s a delight and privilege to be here and I would like to start with testicles. Men who sleep 5 hours a night have significantly smaller testicles than those who sleep 8 hours or more. In addition men who routinely sleep 5 to 6 hours a night will have a level of testosterone which is that

Spontaneous Synchronization

Spontaneous Synchronization

Radhika Nagpal [ Biomimicry ] In my early days as a graduate student, I went on a snorkeling trip off the coast of the Bahamas. I’d actually never swum in the ocean before, so it was a bit terrifying. What I remember the most is, as I put my head in the water and I was trying really hard to breathe through the

Story Felling

Story Felling

Stacy Smith [ Bias Networks, Storytelling ] Today, I want to tell you about a pressing social issue. Now, it’s not nuclear arms, it’s not immigration, and it’s not malaria. I’m here to talk about movies. Now, in all seriousness, movies are actually really important. In film, we can be wildly entertained, and we can also be transported through storytelling. Storytelling is so

Mastery Learning

Mastery Learning

Sal Kahn [ EDU 2.0 ] I’m here today to talk about the two ideas that, at least based on my observations at Khan Academy, are kind of the core, or the key leverage points for learning. It’s the idea of mastery and the idea of mindset. I saw this in the early days working with my cousins. A lot of them were

Saving Ourselves

Saving Ourselves

Sebastian Junger [ Attention Economy ] I worked as a war reporter for 15 years before I realized that I really had a problem. There was something really wrong with me. This was about a year before 9/11, and America wasn’t at war yet. We weren’t talking about PTSD. We were not yet talking about the effect of trauma and war on the