Here above is a photo taken today by a colleague. It shows a sky-sculpture above the Vancouver conference center. Appears the sky phenomena is to advertise the TED conference. Attendance costs a mere $5,300 or so.
Bill Gates will talk about circumcision. Chris Hadfield will talk about going blind in outer space. Edward Snowden will talk about….well who cares?
Not everybody is happy. As one site tells us:
On the same day NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took to the TED stage, a group of downtown residents are accusing the speaker series of invading their privacy. David Cookson, a long-time opponent of PavCo’s high-definition electronic billboard at B.C. Place, claims local residents lives are once again being disrupted with noise and sound pollution thanks to the ongoing TED live broadcast at Terry Fox Plaza. “It’s going on all day and well into the evening,” said Cookson, the organizer of 2012’s Take the Giant Screen Down Now campaign. “I live five blocks away and I could hear it. It’s echoing, it’s booming.”
I looked to see what TED says about mining at this link. The usual nonsense about mining oceans, landfills, and the moon. And a bit about the sons of mining supporters in corrupt countries living it up on ill-gotten gains. Nothing of insight or intelligence. If TED is supposed to be the face of the future we are doomed. Maybe fewer circumcisions and computer invasions, but that is all.
Still if TED is right we face a future of unlimited pleasure. sculptures in the sky, and vast incomes that enable us to attend spurious conference in Vancouver. Here is a link to the worst of it.