Ted Radio Hour: The Hackers
A hacker is somebody who doesn’t ask how something works – they just see what works.
— Jay Silver
Science and technology now allow us to “hack” solutions to the biggest challenges of our time. But how far is too far? And what are the consequences of these hacks? In this hour, we hear stories from TED speakers who dare to hack the brain, the climate, and even the animal kingdom in hopes of creating a better world.
Seattle Public Library launches its annual summer reading program by making the world’s longest book domino chain.
British artist Tim Knowles, uses the process of shipping to create drawings that embrace elements of chance and performance in their creation. Each work starts out as a blank page mounted in a box with a drawing device made from an acrylic wheel with a pen mounted in the center. The work is then sent through the postal system, where the pen tracks the movements encountered by the box over the course if its journey, each leaving its mark— from the hands of a delivery man to the cargo hold of a plane or the back of a truck.
The drawing is not considered complete until it arrives at its intended destination and is opened
“Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties — all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name’s Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion — these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”
Art: Alejandro Guijarro