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Quickly Noted: Early Detection, Early Response

April 28, 2008

I just finished watching the TED talk given by Dr. Larry Brilliant (he of smallpox eradication fame) and am inspired. If anyone’s got a spare half hour to watch his presentation on the eradication of smallpox, pandemic influenza, and building a global disease detection system, I heartily recommend that you do. You can find it on the TED website here. Powerful, powerful stuff–though be warned, there are some graphic smallpox photos. I posted links to two of the organizations that he speaks about on my page.

TED, in their own words:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

They are best known for the TED Prize:

The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.

Photo courtesy of Robert Scoble.


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