'World-Shaping Minds' Convene in Long Beach for Annual TED Conference

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.

Catherine “Cady” Coleman
will launch the weeklong event over
a live video streaming from her current home in space.

According to Wired, other speakers

  • Film critic Roger
    discussing the health problems that cost him his physical
    voice but gained him a new and compelling literary voice;
  • Wadah
    , 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
    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.

  • As respite from the often rich and heady presentations of TED
    speakers, an array of musicians and artists–including Jason
    and Bobby McFerrin–will entertain the audience.

The best part of the conference, of
course, is that we regular minds can later watch the inspirational
“TED Talks” at Ted.com, all
while sitting at home in our pajamas, debating whether to get up and
make a sandwich.

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