Friday, February 27, 2015

Can’t get to Vancouver for TED2015? Go To TEDxHudsonLive for free!

Hudson, NY – February 27, 2015: Following on the success of the inaugural TEDxHudson event at the Hudson Opera House, TEDxHudsonLive presents a free livestream of the official “big” TED2015 Conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Club Helsinki. TEDxLive events provide organizers who organize TEDx events in their community the opportunity to watch the official TED Conference through a live webcast. TEDxHudsonLive begins the livestream at 11:30am at Club Helsinki and continues throughout the day and into the evening. There is no admission fee for TEDxHudsonLive, but reservations are recommended and can be made by ...
calling Club Helsinki at (518) 828-4800.

Club Helsinki’s Executive Chef Hugh Horner serves up seasonal fare for lunch and dinner for TEDxHudsonLive attendees and the taps will be flowing in honor of St. Patrick. Tables can be reserved by calling Club Helsinki at (518) 828-4800 – please note that separate reservations must be made for each session: 11:30am – 1:15pm, 2pm – 3:45pm, 5:15pm – 7pm, and 8pm – 9:45pm. Reservations for general admission are also recommended.

This year’s TED Conference theme is “Truth & Dare,” which TED dares to think will be the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet. Here in Hudson, we still think the inaugural TEDxHudson event presented last September lays claim to that pronouncement, but we invite you to come along and judge for yourself. TEDxHudsonLive is supported by the Hudson Opera House in partnership with Club Helsinki.
For more information on the five-day TED2015 Conference, check out the full program here!

TEDxHudsonLive – March 17, 2015 Program and Schedule

11:30am – 1:15pm: What Are We Thinking?
A look at how we perceive the world and how we can transcend our assumptions …
Cognitive researcher Laura Schulz is helping change our understanding of what babies know — and how early they know it.
After a severe head injury, Jason Padgett began to see the world as a web of complex shapes. His eye-popping geometric drawings capture this unique perspective.
Our visual perception has been guided by millions of years of natural selection. Donald Hoffman studies how this influences every aspect of our everyday reality.
Daniel Kish is a pioneer of human echolocation, a sound-based tool that gives visually impaired people a new way to know — and navigate — their surroundings.
David Eagleman decodes the mysteries of our brains. “Somehow our thoughts, our hopes, and our dreams are contained in these three pounds of wet biological material,” he has said.
2pm – 3:45pm: Machines That Learn
Explore the possibilities of artificial intelligence, and how it could transform … pretty much everything.
Fei-Fei Li directs Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Vision Lab. There, she thinks about some of AI’s thorniest problems — like how machines can develop language processing and image recognition.
Though his startup Second Spectrum, Rajiv Maheswaran uses data analysis tools to help basketball teams up their game.
Chris Urmson develops self-driving cars that thrive in both urban and off-roading environments. As the Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google[x], his team has developed cars that have driven over three quarters of a million miles.
Mathematician and code breaker Jim Simons had already revolutionized geometry when he founded Renaissance hedge fund. Now he is mastering yet another field: philanthropy.
At Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, Nick Bostrom asks big questions. For example: What does it mean to be human? And can we improve our human nature with technological enhancements?
Abe Davis is a creator of the “visual microphone,” an algorithm that takes the vibrations of ordinary objects in video footage — say, a potato chip bag — and extracts the audio track of what’s going on around them.

5:15pm – 7pm: Out of This World
In this session, space-enthusiasts will travel to Mars, exoplanets and Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Sara Seager’s research led to the discovery of the first planet outside our solar system with an atmosphere. She is now on the hunt for a twin Earth.
As manager of the Rosetta mission — which landed a probe on a comet — Fred Jansen is in charge of a project that could be instrumental in uncovering clues to the origins of life on earth.
Nathalie Cabrol explores one of Earth’s most extreme environments: high-elevation lakes and deserts in the Andes. She does this to research technologies for future missions to Mars.
Writer and technologist Stephen Petranek looks at what is emerging, and predicts which breakthroughs will become fixtures of our future lives.
In October of 2014, Alan Eustace leapt to earth from the edge of the stratosphere wearing only a spacesuit. In the process, he broke Felix Baumgartner’s record — and might just have revolutionized the commercial space industry.

8pm-9:45pm: Life Stories
The speakers in this session have led the kind of lives that would make tremendous biopics.
Journalist Anand Giridharadas, author of the book The True American, writes about people and cultures caught amid the great forces of our time.
Dame Stephanie Shirley used to go by “Steve.” Because when she launched her software company in 1962, people were more likely to respond to a man than to a woman.
She’s invented satellite radio, developed life-saving drugs and is working on digitizing the human mind. Martine Rothblatt has a knack for turning visionary ideas into commonplace technology.
A special surprise speaker…
Ten years ago, Dave Isay founded StoryCorps, an initiative to archive interviews of everyday people. The 2015 TED Prize winner, he has a bold wish for the world to take the art of listening to the next level.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

About Club Helsinki Hudson
Helsinki Hudson is housed in a beautifully renovated 1863 industrial building located in the City of Hudson on the Hudson River, approximately two hours north of NYC by road or rail (Amtrak). Helsinki is comprised of Club Helsinki, a nationally recognized music venue, and the adjacent, award-winning Restaurant at Helsinki. Helsinki Hudson carries on a 15-year tradition started at the wildly popular former location in Massachusetts – that is of offering a menu of creative, homespun, seasonally selected food in a welcoming and beautiful atmosphere. In addition to its ongoing role of serving up world-class music and fine dining, the versatile venue is available for hire as a unique site for private parties or events.

About the Hudson Opera House
The Hudson Opera House offers a year-round schedule of arts and cultural programming in the former Hudson City Hall, which houses New York State’s oldest surviving theater. Ongoing programs include concerts, readings, lectures, exhibitions, theatre and dance presentations, after-school programs, workshops, classes and community arts events like the annual Winter Walk on Warren Street.



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