Day 0.5 at TedxZurich

 

Roman Gaus, CEO of Urban Farmers

Ever thought of growing your fishes on your terrace or your salad on the roof? Roman is the man to make your urban farming dream come true. He is the CEO of UrbanFarmers, a company that aims to bring sustainable urban agricultural practices into cities of the 21st century. He gave a brief but picturesque view on his business model. Coming soon (in 2012) is a rooftop farm in Basel that will yield harvest for 100 people.

Molly Crockett, Neuroscientist

Who's right? It's me. Disagreeing on facts and disagreeing on moral issue are not the same. That's what we got to learn from Molly Crockett. Disagreement on moral issues is worse, it's like facts on steroids - an uncomfortable underlying for social peace. But how design social environments that promote cooperation instead of selfishness? Molly Crockett’s research addresses these questions. In her research she found out that shifting serotonin levels shift our moral values. In other words: Moral values are not stable. Piece pills to the Middle East!

 

Eleanor Dobson, physicist

Does the day-to-day life on ATLAS (CERN) match up to the hype? Eleanor gave us a very illustrative view into the world's most expensive cave below Geneva's grounds that features 40 million matter collisions per day. The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions. In a nutshell the reports look like this: 0000111111010101000111010... and that's what she gets to read in the (huge, complex and international) production chain, the collaborative science of the future.

Marco Tempest, Houdini meets cutting-edge technology

(Video showing the same show from TEDxEdinburgh)

 

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story (via Video)

Stories matter, stories can break dignity, stories can foster dignity, stories breed stereotypes. But there's never a single story:

 

Peter Schmid, Anthropologist

If you want to get really euphoric about lower arm bones (I did!), this is your man. Copywriting from the TEDx site: "In 2008 Peter Schmid and his team made a discovery that would have a profound impact on the way we explain the emergence of mankind. The bones and fragments of this new species they had discovered, showed both human and australopith, or pre-human, characteristics. After publishing many articles in “Science” about the discoveries, overthrowing decade-old theories with his new evidence, and creating a stir within the anthropological community, Mr. Schmid wants to tackle the following question for us: Is Australopithecus sediba the missing link?"  Peter Schmid gave a wonderful insight into his work around the cradle of humankind, South Africa.

A big thank you to the organizers and the SRF for its absolutely amazing WLAN.

October 4, 2011
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