TED Ideas in Business Special: Hidden Trends and SystemsAuthor: TED Conferences LLC
22 Jan 2017

TED Ideas in Business Special: Hidden Trends and Systems

Emerging trends and markets often go undetected for some time. Discover eye-opening economies and systems that lie just below the surface.

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    Who controls the world? | James B. Glattfelder

    James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the world economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable.

  • Posted on 13 Feb 2013

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    A new kind of job market | Wingham Rowan

    Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours -- but it's difficult for those people to connect with the employers who need them. Wingham Rowan is working on that. He explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time.

  • Posted on 28 Jan 2013

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    The power of the informal economy | Robert Neuwirth

    Robert Neuwirth spent four years among the chaotic stalls of street markets, talking to pushcart hawkers and gray marketers, to study the remarkable "System D," the world's unlicensed economic network. Responsible for some 1.8 billion jobs, it's an economy of underappreciated power and scope.

  • Posted on 05 Sep 2012

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    The surprising math of cities and corporations | Geoffrey West

    Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.

  • Posted on 26 Jul 2011

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    How algorithms shape our world | Kevin Slavin

    We live in a world run by algorithms, computer programs that make decisions or solve problems for us. In this riveting, funny talk, Kevin Slavin shows how modern algorithms determine stock prices, espionage tactics, even the movies you watch. But, he asks: If we depend on complex algorithms to manage our daily decisions -- when do we start to lose control?

  • Posted on 21 Jul 2011

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