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A 30-year history of the future | Nicholas Negroponte

A 30-year history of the future | Nicholas Negroponte

(Video) Nicholas Negroponte: Can we switch to the video disc, which is in play mode? I’m really interested in how you put people and computers together. We will be using the TV screens or their equivalents for electronic books of the future. (Music, crosstalk) Very interested in touch-sensitive displays, high-tech, high-touch, not having to pick …

The myth of Arachne – Iseult Gillespie

The myth of Arachne  – Iseult Gillespie

From sailors who were turned into pigs, nymphs that sprouted into trees, and a gaze that converted the beholder to stone, Greek mythology brims with shape-shifters. The powerful gods usually changed their own forms at will, but for mortals, the mutations were often unwanted. One such unnerving transformation befell the spinner Arachne. Arachne was the …

The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie

The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie

Before the creation of humanity, the Greek gods won a great battle against a race of giants called the Titans. Most Titans were destroyed or driven to the eternal hell of Tartarus. But the Titan Prometheus, whose name means foresight, persuaded his brother Epimetheus to fight with him on the side of the gods. As …

A brief history of banned numbers – Alessandra King

A brief history of banned numbers – Alessandra King

They say the pen is mightier than the sword, and authorities have often agreed. From outlawed religious tracts and revolutionary manifestos to censored and burned books, we know the potential power of words to overturn the social order. But as strange as it may seem, some numbers have also been considered dangerous enough to ban. …

The ballet that incited a riot – Iseult Gillespie

The ballet that incited a riot – Iseult Gillespie

We typically think of ballet as harmonious, graceful and polished– hardly features that would trigger a riot. But at the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” audience members were so outraged that they drowned out the orchestra. Accounts of the event include people hurling objects at the stage, challenging each other to …

A brief history of religion in art – TED-Ed

A brief history of religion in art – TED-Ed

It’s only been the last few hundreds years or so that Western civilization has been putting art in museums, at least museums resembling the public institutions we know today. Before this, for most, art served other purposes. What we call fine art today was, in fact, primarily how people experienced an aesthetic dimension of religion. …

A brief history of chess – Alex Gendler

A brief history of chess – Alex Gendler

The attacking infantry advances steadily, their elephants already having broken the defensive line. The king tries to retreat, but enemy cavalry flanks him from the rear. Escape is impossible. But this isn’t a real war– nor is it just a game. Over the roughly one-and-a-half millennia of its existence, chess has been known as a …