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TED 2010: How to Ace a TED Talk

February 16, 2010View for printing

Stephen Wolfram is standing in the lobby of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. The physicist, CEO, and seeker of the computational basis of the universe is accepting kudos after completing a rite of passage for an internet age intellectual: a TED talk.

Slotted in the treacherous valley of the last session on Thursday — a little over halfway through a cerebral marathon of presentations that span medical procedures, contemplations of pollen, pie charts of global slavery, and a ukulele performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” — Wolfram, a late addition to the program, has aced his performance.

The 2010 version of TED is the biggest yet and is on track to becoming the most successful. There are 1,400 people here in Long Beach, along with 500 at a satellite hookup in Palm Springs and thousands more participating in web streams in 75 countries.

And so far, things are going swimmingly.

By Steven Levy

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