Areas like Bangladesh, New Orleans and the Netherlands are all lying below sea level. With climate change and sea level rise, it is now more important than ever to protect us against marine floodings. Timothy Price explains how waves move sand towards the beach, but at the same time how storms can wash away large parts of the coast. The coastal area is very dynamic and changes every hour. After this lecture you are aware of all the changes and will know how we can help nature to strengthen our coastal system and protect low-lying areas around the world from sea level rise.
Life is a concatenation of memories and gives meaning to who we are and what we want. Think about: why do we perceive Alzheimer's as such a terrible disease? The more we can remember, the more complete we feel in life. But is it possible to remember everything and can we improve our memory? Boris Konrad explains how anyone can create a superior memory through certain memory techniques.
When children start learning how to read, they do this by using their voice and speaking the words out loud. Felienne Hermans is a specialist in computer programming but also interested in how we can improve the educational system by learning better and faster. In this lecture she explains how speaking a computer code out loud can help children to learn programming faster. Instead of just tell them how to program, they tell her what they are programming. As it turns out, the more we talk, the better we learn.
Imagine a computer that can identify whether the written piece of text was actually Shakespeare's, or recognize that it was written by a man or woman. Perhaps even a computer that will soon be able to give an exact profile of the abductor who has left a letter with instructions. Malvina Nissim explains how you can teach computers through Artificial Intelligence to recognize people based on words. The sentences we write and the characters we use, are actually a unique fingerprint of every person. Keep that in mind the next time you type a smiley without :) or with :-) nose. The latter means you are an old person!
Post WWII development of the welfare state and social economic progress started. The shared conception in the West was an interesting combination of socialist ideals about a better world for all, together with a capitalist ideology of endless growth. This was reflected in our pop-culture, in which we saw movies of a Utopian world. However, going into the 21st century we see the system starts falling apart and we run up against the limits of endless growth. Technology can be turned against us, and climate change is unavoidable. Series like Black Mirror and movies like The Day-After Tomorrow are warning us. A clear message reflected from society itself and now these strong narratives are helping us to see we cannot continue like this if we don’t want to end up in a Dystopian world.