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A flat piece of plastic that shapes itself into a shoe? An orthodontic device that moves into position to straighten teeth? Computational architect Skylar Tibbits is shaking up the material world.

The text depicted here quotes John Locke: “It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.” Photo by Michael Brydon.

Will the societal shocks of 2016 lead to a bumper crop of art in 2017 and beyond? These TED Fellows aim to channel the energy of activism into creative work that can change hearts and minds.

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How the setting for “Slumdog Millionaire” became the location for a unique and vibrant pushcart museum

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Some people might not like his tactics, but Edward Snowden has done great things for privacy rights, says Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Trevor Timm. That’s why it’s time for him to come home.

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Forget memorial plaques, tombstones, and traditional funerals. New, high-tech ways to celebrate life and death are emerging, and they’re using your digital data.

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Why government leaders should publish the reams of data they’re collecting — and why citizens everywhere should push them to do so.

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Christopher Soghoian of the ACLU talks privacy, security and why you should put a sticker on your webcam right now, in conversation with investigative journalist Will Potter.