Diversity and inclusion empowers community centered design – Bennett Peji at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Bennett successfully makes the case that everyone should play a role in the success of their city, as well as their local neighborhood, which means that development of those communities requires residents to be at the table when important decisions are being made.

This approach to community centered design requires all voices welcome and encouraged. With this progressive philosophy, new and diverse solutions can be discovered, and local residents can be empowered to take control of their future.

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Machine learning plus neuroscience equals biologically feasible computing – Benjamin Migliori at TEDx San Diego 2017

Benjamin begins by saying that it is not possible to make a correct assessment without perception. He argues we can train computers to identify, but humans make decisions based on personal experiences. In essence, the combination of human and artificial intelligence will define humanity’s future.

He shares a personal journey with his son who was born premature, and as a result of his untimely birth, his son’s experiences were different than those of other babies, in fact, some would say extraordinary. The algorithms of which his son perceives the world are different, as a result of his experiences, so his perception of the world is different as well. When Benjamin introduced his cat to his baby for the first time, he did not know what to expect, because each of them had a reason to be fearful of the other.

However, their connection was instant because both sets of algorithms were already established and able to respond, based on each of their experiences. He goes on to say that the process is much slower in teaching machines intelligence, as they need to process hundreds of algorithms to come up with the correct response in humans. But together, human and artificial intelligence will have an explosive effect on society.

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Redefining what is humanely possible with augmented reality – Brian Mullins at TEDx San Diego 2017

Brian Mullins begins this moving talk by revealing that human beings are programmed to accepting limiting beliefs. We hear things all the time such as, “you’re not smart enough,” or, “that’s not realistic,” or, “you need more experience for that.” He argues that these limiting beliefs are not real, and that they are motivated by fear. In fact, they are so deeply ingrained in us we don’t even know they are there preventing us from taking chances. He asks the question, “how do we overcome this?”

As a thought leader on the topic of augmented reality, Brian explains how it’s a human-centric concept that enables us to share ideas in a whole new way. It is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

He shared the story of his personal struggle with his son’s Cerebral Palsy, and how augmented reality can be a driving force behind sharing information about this debilitating disease. In his opinion, augmented reality can cause the flow of information to be fluid and save more lives.

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