9 of the most mind-expanding TED talks of 2017

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This year’s TED conference produced dozens of exciting talks, touching on topics such as education, transportation, poverty, and artificial intelligence.

Not everyone could afford the $10,000 ticket, however, so thankfully many of the talks have finally been made available for public viewing online.

Here are some of the most mind-expanding talks thus far.

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"Don’t fear intelligent machines; work with them" by Garry Kasparov

 

Twenty years ago, Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players ever, lost a match to IBM’s Deep Blue robot. It was a humbling experience, but one that Kasparov believes will happen far more often (and in many more areas of life) as time goes by.

Kasparov’s talk encourages people to think differently about a robot-dominated future. Instead of seeing AI as a force of evil, he sees it as a way to remove uncertainties and difficulties from our lives.

"The future we’re building — and boring" by Elon Musk

 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk discusses the myriad projects he’s working on at any given moment with head of TED Chris Anderson. He talks about driverless cars, going to Mars, and the future of LA traffic (or lack thereof) thanks to his tunnel-carving enterprise, the Boring Company.

The entrepreneur raves about his plans for the future and how much better he hopes it will be.

"Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash" by Rutger Bregman

 

Historian Rutger Bregman makes the case for universal basic income (UBI), a wealth-distribution model that involves giving people a set amount of money to use however they want.

Bregman’s talk traces the history of UBI, including an experiment carried out in Canada in the 1970s that managed to effectively eliminate poverty. Bregman imagines would would happen on a global scale if everyone could have their needs met in the same way.

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