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In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about how to spend time meaningfully.

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Just what kinds of things will we be using in the future? TED Fellow Chris Woebken and a host of contributors came up with a series of objects fit for a future pawn shop. Check them out.

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“How weird will the future be?” we asked. And how else could writer and performer Ben Burke respond but with a poem penned and recorded especially for the occasion? Behold: THE TRANSHUMANIST’S LAMENT or TOO MANY RIVERS, NOT ENOUGH LAKES or OH, FUTURE- YOU SO CRAZY.

Design icon John Maeda shares the everyday objects (well, non-objects) he can’t live without.

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Author Christopher Ryan argues that a more nuanced view of sex and monogamy would help us all. An illustrated idea.

This week’s comments includes replies to Simon Anholt’s introduction of the Good Country Index, a thought on the purity of art (and how we have polluted it with money), and an argument for trusting our own intellectual selves.