Friday, February 6, 2009
***PATT MORRISON LIVE FROM TED 2009 IN LONG BEACH!***
1:00 – 1:30
Making Green Green: Business Models for the Renewable Revolution
It's becoming trendy to refer to the "green revolution" in businesses, but pulling off a profitable business model with a limited or even zero environmental impact has been nearly impossible to date. Two speakers at TED have fully embraced the goal for "zero carbon footprint" businesses and are doing their best to revolutionize two totally different ends of the industrial spectrum. Shai Agassi's company is designing an electric car infrastructure that, if successful, should spell the end of gasoline-powered cars as we know it. Ray Anderson has promised that his insanely successful interior design company will be pollution free by 2020. Can these lofty goals really be achieved?
Guest: Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of green interior design firm Interface
Guest: Shai Agassi, green automotive pioneer, founder and CEO of Better Place
1:30 - 1:40
TED Prize in Space: TED's Search for Alien Life
The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact. One of the 2009 TED Prize winners is Jill Tarter, an astronomer and the preeminent explorer for intelligent life across the galaxy.
Guest: Jill Tarter, director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View
1:40 – 2:00
Our True Final Frontier: Understanding the Human Brain
Guest: Dr. Oliver Sacks, practicing neurologist; professor of neurology & psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center
2:00 – 2:30
World Wide Web Turns 20
We type "www" into our web browsers so often that the very backbone of the internet is easily taken for granted. Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, and thus forever transformed the data, commercial and communication possibilities for the internet. The Web has since exploded in the last 20 years, with over 100 million web sites and over 8 billion publicly accessible pages as of 2005—and the true extent of the internet's power is still being realized. At TED Berners-Lee talked about the next step in Web development, the relationship and communication of data over the internet rather than just web pages. Another 20 years of internet evolution is just a mouse-click away
Guest: Tim Berners-Lee, investor of the World Wide Web; director of the World Wide Web Consortium; 3COM Founders Professor of Engineering at the MIT School of Engineering
2:30 – 3:00
50 Years of Music Spanning All Genres: Herbie Hancock
It's very rare to achieve both commercial and critical success in the world of music—most pop music that screams up the charts is panned by critics, and most music favored by discerning ears never generates huge sales. Herbie Hancock is the exception to this rule and many others, as his career has continuously thrived and grown over almost 50 years of ground breaking music. He is a pioneer of electronic jazz, a master composer for TV and film soundtracks and a nonstop collaborator with some of the best musicians in the world. Herbie Hancock is the very embodiment of everything that TED stands for.
Guest: Herbie Hancock, Grammy-award winning jazz pianist and composer