Invading the Long Beach Convention Center (and our Twitter streams) today is the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference, the invite-only gathering of "world-shaping minds," a.k.a. Woodstock for nerds.
Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman will launch the weeklong event over a live video streaming from her current home in space.
According to Wired, other speakers include:
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- Film critic Roger Ebert discussing the health problems that cost him his physical voice but gained him a new and compelling literary voice;
- Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera Network, who will discuss the revolutionary upheavals that have toppled long-standing governments in the Middle East;
- Director Julie Taymor will discuss the steps and missteps behind the new $65 million Spider-Man musical;
- Four-star General Stanley McChrystal, who lost his command after making impolitic remarks about the U.S. leadership to a Rolling Stone reporter, will discuss what makes a good leader;
- Dr. Anthony Atala, professor of surgical sciences and one of the pioneers of organ regeneration, will demonstrate a 3D printer that produces live-cell organs.
The best part of the conference, of course, is that we regular minds can later watch the inspirational "TED Talks" atTed.com
, all while sitting at home in our pajamas, debating whether to get up and make a sandwich.