Elon Musk, Serena Williams, Gayle King and dozens of other TED Talks you can’t miss this year
She made millions from her forehand. Now, Serena Williams is hoping you’ll pay for her foresight.
The tennis legend is one of the many celebs who will speak at this year’s “The Future of You” themed TED Conference in Vancouver, which runs from April 24 to 28. Speakers will dispense practical advice for those “scared and daunted by the future we’ve created,” says Chris Anderson, TED’s curator. “The point is to take on the future and discover and discuss techniques and tools that are actionable,” he adds.
Williams and TV personality Gayle King will chat about health, life and love. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and productivity guru Tim Ferriss will pontificate on the opportunities and anxieties of what is to come. Chess master and political activist Garry Kasparov will discuss how society can work with Artificial Intelligence. British rabbi and philosopher Jonathan Sacks is slated to speak about healing religious division. Also present: The band OK Go, journalist Jorge Ramos and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.
Attending the flagship ideas festival costs between $8,500 and $17,000, and tickets have long been sold out. But for $20, you can watch the live broadcasts of select events at one of the 800 theatres streaming them.
While many talks eventually wind up on the internet for free, TED says that watching a series of discourses from a plush recliner, surrounded by like-minded people, is more fun — and more engaging — than livestreaming from your couch. “It feels more immersive, like you’re in the audience,” says Anderson. Plus, TED will have a conversation facilitator in the room at about 60 cinemas to spark discussion over a cocktail. “We’re trying to help continue the conversation after,” says Anderson.
TED previously live broadcasted the opening night of its 2016 conference. This year, it is working with Fathom Events, the company that put together cinematic broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, to make events more accessible. New perks for cinema goers include a Greatest Hits-style highlights reel that will screen after the conference concludes. “We need high fees [at the conference] because it’s an expensive operation,” says Anderson. “But with this, we’re making it available to anyone who wants to listen to more than a sampling.”
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