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TED Day 3: Recap: What Stirs Us! Make Music!

March 1, 2008

Good Morning, recapping from yesterday,

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Two recurrent streams of ideas emptying into the vast ocean of TED intelligence: Story Telling and taking technology to unexpected areas of untapped human creativity and innovation. Whether its 1 laptop per child activated in Eucador and Nigeria or bringing high tech musical scoring to men and women challenged by cerebral palsy (c.p.), there have been extraordinary stories of human generosity and vision that has moved TEDsters in Aspen and Monterey to tears. Yesterday’s highlight in this regard was the chance to hear first hand, a new high tech score by Dan Ellsey, a c.p. patient at Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts. Ellsey, living with the same disease that has attacked the illustrious Stephen Hawking, came to TED to play his extraordinary polyphonic electronic score. We have to thank celebrated composer Tod Machover, from MIT Media Lab, telling Ellsey’s story and taking his talent into new domains of musical talent!!!Dan Ellsey, composer, TED 2008

And less we think think machines only couple with yogic athletic bodies, Ellsey’s sharing of his musical talent shows us that no matter what parameters define your body health and movement, creativity is unlimited if coupled with the right technology of enhancement!!!

By the way, we got to see Stephen Hawking joyfully floating in a new anti-gravitational simulator (which was introduced at the 2007 Space Conference that I mentioned back in early 2007 blogs).

Clearly the TED community recognizes the vast biotech possibilities of bodies in space!

Tod Machover, composer, MIT Media Lab, TED 2008

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