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The Power of Long-Term Thinking
A talk for TEDxKL
20 August 2016

TEDxKL 2016 was organised around the theme, Resonance. Resonance creates a morphic field that strengthens when more energy is added to it. When we resonate with something or someone, we relate to it in a certain, almost harmonious way. It strikes a chord with us. TEDxKL unfolded in front of an audience of over 3500 people. I spoke about the power of long term thinking, and how it helps us not only imagine the future but bring it into being.

This is a quick vox-pop of me after the talk was done:

I referenced:

– The Rosetta mission: (pictured above)
– Rosetta’s trajectory into space:
– Philae:
– Philae’s nail-biting landing monitored by Stephan Ulamec, Fred Jansen, Andrea Accomazzo, Elsa Montagnon and Paolo Ferri:
– The “singing comet” – the science behind the signal:
– Soundcloud audio clip of the comet “sound” – sonification by Manuel Senfft:
– Karl-Heinz Glaßmeier quote:
– Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, recorded by the Plasma Wave Receiver on board the NASA spacecraft, Galileo, and turned into sound by the University of Iowa:
– Radio and Plasma Wave Group at The University of Iowa:
– Cassini-Huygens passing through Saturn’s rings:
– Huygens microphone (ESA Huygens):
– The Sound of Space, BBC Radio 4, broadcast 30 January 2015:
– Riding Light by Alphonse Swinehart (2015). Soundtrack: Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich:
– Ancient Darkness TV (2009) by Katie Paterson:
– Quotation by Katie Paterson from “Interview with Katie Paterson on Rhizome” (2010):
– Images of simulations of the Higgs boson, ATLAS group, CERN:
– Images of the Large Hadron Collider, from CERN:
– The LHC Sound Project:
– Quotation by Lily Asquith from “Particle Pings: Sounds Of The Large Hadron Collider” by Andrew Prince, NPR (2011):
– LHC Sound Project interpretation of how an emerging and decaying Higgs Boson may sound:
– Broken Symmetries and the Masses of Gauge Bosons (1964) by Peter Higgs:
– Photographs of the 4 July 2012 seminar at CERN where the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced:
– Images of Titan, Jupiter, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Voyager 1
– Pale Blue Dot:
– Voyager 1’s vintage technology:
– NASA’s planned Orion spacecraft:
– Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02):
– MAVEN Mars Orbiter:
– Alan Kay quote (1971):