TED News in Brief: “What is TED?” a Final Jeopardy question, Taryn Simon photographs Bond Girls, and much more

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“This intellectual forum started in 1984, bringing together people from three different industries, hence its 3-letter name.” This was the Final Jeopardy! prompt on January 1, 2014 — on the very first episode of the new year. The answer, of course: What is TED.

Taryn Simon (watch her two TED Talks) has a new exhibit, “Birds of the West Indies,” that re-imagines the iconography of James Bond, from the golden gun to the steel teeth. As part of it, she’s photographed all but 10 of the legendary actors who played “Bond girls” — catching these powerful women gazing directly at the camera on their own terms.

Proust and Buddhism. These are the subjects of this very fun piece from Pico Iyer (watch his talk). Enjoy.

Two TED Fellows appear in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 spectacular, in the field of social entrepreneurship: Joel…

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