X Marks the Spot: This week’s TEDx Talks

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Each week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talkshighlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Below, give this week’s talks a listen.

The roots of good and evil: Simon Baron Cohen at TEDxHousesofParliament
How is it that otherwise intelligent people can inflict such terrible harm upon others? Simon Baron Cohen believes that we should examine the effect of empathy on human behavior, rather than blindly lumping it into abstract categories like “good” and “evil.” (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament)

The obsolete know-it-all: Ken Jennings at TEDxSeattleU
Former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings made his name by knowing lots of stuff. Then came Watson, an IBM supercomputer that defeated Jennings without a childhood of pop culture references and world atlases. At TEDxSeattleU, Jennings wonders whether human knowledge is becoming obsolete, and calls for a future where humans and machines…

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