Nicholas Negroponte has been predicting—and creating—the future for decades. In this TED talk he walks us through those decades, pointing out what the future looked like from many vantage points in the past, and ending with a startling prediction. Given his track record for correctly predicting the future, do you think he’s right on this one?

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ap_thompson_largeEvery day millions of people share text, photos, music, and video on the Internet. But until recently, there hasn’t been much interest in sharing non-musical sound. According to Wired contributor Clive Davis, we may be entering a new age of Internet audio. How does that sound to you?

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When Music Machines Learned to Talk to Each Other

May 15, 2013

MIDI is the communication standard for electronic musical instruments. This 30-year-old technology has revolutionized the music industry. This NPR piece explains why and how MIDI made digital music happen.

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Remix this Post!

August 21, 2012
Everything is a Remix

Was Bob Dylan a creative genius or a thief? What about Steve Jobs? Or that kid down the block who posts cut-and-paste videos on YouTube? In this entertaining short TED talk, Kirby Ferguson argues that every creation is, to some degree, a remix. Do our intellectual property laws need to change to embrace, rather than outlaw, remixes?

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A Whole New Kind of Photography

March 13, 2012
The Lytro, a groundbreaking new camera

Digital cameras have transformed the way we take and edit photographs, but a digital picture is still just a picture. Until now. This groundbreaking camera doesn’t just create a two-dimensional representation of a scene; it captures 3D light patterns that can be focused and refocused long after the shutter button is pressed. Will it change photography forever?

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Social networks and multimedia come together to produce something unique and beautiful

July 15, 2011

Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir combines social networks and multimedia to create a unique and beautiful new work of collaborative art.

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The Web’s Global Art Museum

June 3, 2011

Many of the greatest works of art are inaccessible to most of the world’s population. In this short TED talk, Google’s Amid Sood demonstrates Art Project, a multimedia web gateway to many of world’s foremost art museums and the treasures they hold.

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A next-generation digital book

May 24, 2011

Most of the e-books published so far have been on-screen versions of paper books. In this short TED presentation, Mike Matas gives us a peek at the possibilities when digital books combine state-of-the-art interactive multimedia with compelling text. View at TED site

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The Wilderness Downtown: Arcade Fire’s Groundbreaking Interactive Film

May 18, 2011

This groundbreaking music “video” by Chris Milk combines music, art, and interactive Web technology to create a deeply personal experience. You may need to switch Web browsers to make the experimental HTML 5 technology work, but it’s worth the effort.

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