ted speakers | March 22, 2015

TED2015 Recap: Lavin Speakers David Eagleman & Neri Oxman's Standing Ovations

"It takes courage to uncover the truth," said TED Curator Chris Anderson while opening the first session of TED2015. "The speakers this week—their courage and brilliance are going to rewire your brain. This dare thing is not just for them—it’s for all of us."

Lavin speakers David Eagleman, Neri Oxman, Tim Leberecht, Christopher Soghoian, Lucianne Walkowicz, Greg Gage, and Negin Farsad all appeared on the TED2015 stage last week. Below, we summarize TED's recaps from their keynotes—and we look forward to sharing videos of their talks as they're posted online over the next few months.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist who is working on expanding human senses. "On stage at TED today, Eagleman rips off his shirt to unveil his contribution to this idea: a beeping, buzzing vest that converts information into vibrations," wrote TED. "His lab has developed technology that takes in sound through a tablet and converts that sound into vibrations in the vest. The result: Deaf people who are trained on the system can understand spoken words." Eagleman's talk resulted in a resounding standing ovation. It was almost immediately posted online by TED and is available to watch now:

Neri Oxman is a designer who combines breakthroughs in materials science (such as 3D printing) with design principles found in nature. “We live in a special time in history—a rare time,” says Oxman. "For the first time, she reveals at TED a photosynthetic wearable grown from bacteria on the human body," writes TED. "She got a huge standing ovation," says our President and CEO David Lavin, who was in the audience for Oxman's talk. "One person who has been to 15 TEDs said it was the best talk he's seen here."

Photo: TED/Bret Hartman

Tim Leberecht is the author of The Business Romantic. "Business has become boring," writes TED. "To put the romance back into business, [Leberecht] thinks we need to create a romantic experience for our customers with more mysterious, ephemeral products like Snapchat and Secret Cinema." As he says, “Many of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work. Let’s romanticize the enterprise."

Photo: TED/Bret Hartman

Christopher Soghoian is the Principal Technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. In his TED Fellows talk, he discussed privacy and government surveillance. "Do we really want to live in a world where anyone can hack our private communication?" asks TED. "Soghoian doesn’t think so, and encourages us to use the private communication tools we now have at our disposal—not just because they’re cheap and easy, but because they’re secure."

Photo: TED/Ryan Lash

Astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz works with NASA’s Kepler mission to discover new planets. In her TED Fellows talk, she joked: “You could say I look for choice alien real estate!” But we must also look to preserving our own planet, not just finding other habitable planetary systems. "Planetary exploration and preservation are two sides of the same goal," wrote TED. "Maybe we can do both at once."

Photo: TED/Ryan Lash

Greg Gage is a neuroscientist and the co-founder of Backyard Brains. During his TED Fellows talk, he "delights the crowd with a demo of his Human-to-Human Interface, the latest in his set of low-cost, DIY kits designed to make learning about neuroscience accessible to young people," writes TED. It's all an exercise in "proving that brain activity, not muscles, are the origin of movement."

Photo: TED/Ryan Lash

Negin Farsad is an Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers. Her "edgy, uproarious and downright scatological take on the trials and tribulations of being an Iranian-American in Iran" (TED Blog) brought down the house as the last TED Fellows Session 1 keynote.

Photo: TED/Ryan Lash

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