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TED Talks: Blaise Aguera y Arcas Demos Augmented-Reality Maps (2010)

Blaise Aguera y Arcas is an architect at Microsoft Live Labs, and is a repeat TED Speaker. In 2007, Blaise demonstrated a research project Microsoft was working on called Photosynth. The software demo showed fascinating new ways of presenting graphic information in 3D and infinitely-“deep” 2D spaces.

He spoke again recently at TED2010, about augmented-reality maps. Reality augmentation is the idea that technologies could come and “enhance” our senses, by adding pertinent information about things around us. Using the pioneering work of Photosynth, he demos a Bing Maps application which juxtaposes information and images of all kinds into a 3D map. Truly jaw-dropping!

TED Talks: Dan Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation (2009)

Dan Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation — Dan Pink delivers a “lawyerly” case for managers to rethink how employees are motivated in the workplace, touting the greater benefits of creative reasoning over traditional motivation-by-incentive techniques.

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