Uncovering the good news hidden in today’s disturbing headlines: TED Global 2010

TED Global 2010 is a four day conference that showcases ideas and projects from the most creative minds in the world.

Speakers at the 2010 edition of TED Global will explore the theme of "And Now the Good News," uncovering the vivid streams of good news, ideas, science, technology, art, and ways of thinking that are often obscured by today's sensationalist headlines.

"Headlines remind us daily of the political, economic and environmental woes facing the planet," said TED's organizers, "But behind the scenes lie an amazing array of new ideas, new science, new technology, new social and political thinking, new art and a new understanding of who we are. When you put it all together, an entirely more hopeful view of the future emerges."

50 speakers and performers will push the boundaries of common knowledge by investigating the answers to questions such as "is the world becoming freer," "can kids self-educate," "can culture favor innovation," "what can we learn from video games," and "are their rational reasons to be an optimist?"

During the TED Global 2010 conference the head of Emotiv Systems, Tan Le will show off the next generation of human-machine interface with a headset that takes input directly from the brain; Peter Molyneux, head of Microsoft's European games division, will unveil a "virtual friend" who interacts with users; and Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms will talk about the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds.

The full list of speakers can be found on the TED Global website, http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2010/program/speakers.php, along with the full conference schedule.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that aims to spread ideas in the interests of global knowledge and inspiration.

The short, inspirational talks will be broadcast on the internet for free over the coming months and years.

TED Global 2010: And Now the Good News is held from July 12 to 16 in Oxford, UK.