How video games turn players into storytellers | David Cage

Have you ever watched a film or read a novel, wishing that you could change the narrative to save your favorite character? Game designer David Cage allows you do just that in his video games, where players make decisions that shape an ever-changing plot. In a talk and live demo, Cage presents a scene from his new project, letting the audience control a character’s decisions. “Interactive storytelling can be what cinema was in the 20th century: an art that deeply changes its time,” Cage says.

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Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling

We’re far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we’re biologically hardwired to project intent and life onto machines — and how it might help us better understand ourselves.

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The genius of the London Tube Map | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

Design legend Michael Bierut tells the story of the accidental success of one of the most famous maps in the world — the London Tube Map.

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How the hyperlink changed everything | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

The hyperlink is the LEGO block of the internet. Here’s the bizarre history of how it came to be, as told by user experience master Margaret Gould Stewart.

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How the progress bar keeps you sane | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

The progress bar makes waiting more exciting… and mitigates our fear of death. Journalist Daniel Engber explores how it came into existence.

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The hidden ways stairs shape your life | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

Stairs don’t just get you from point A to point B. Architect David Rockwell explains how they shape your movement — and your feelings.

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The 3,000-year history of the hoodie | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

The hoodie is a lot more than just a comfy sweatshirt. Design curator Paola Antonelli takes us through its history.

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Why the pencil is perfect | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

Why are pencils shaped like hexagons, and how did they get their iconic yellow color? Pencil shop owner Caroline Weaver takes us inside the fascinating history of the pencil.

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How the button changed fashion | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

How the simple button changed the world, according to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.

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How the jump rope got its rhythm | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

“Down down, baby, down down the roller coaster…” Hip-hop owes a lot of the queens of double dutch. Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt takes us on a tour of the fascinating history of the jump rope.

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