NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made an unannounced virtual appearance at a TED conference in Vancouver this week. This time, Snowden’s appearance was enabled by a remote-controlled robot that featured his face on a large screen. RoboSnowden was interviewed by WIRED founder Chris Anderson, and”father of the internet” Tim Berners-Lee.
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Ken Jordan, Publisher & Editorial Director, Evolver/Reality Sandwich, has written an open letter to TED’s Chris Anderson in an attempt to get the TED organization to stop squirming around for a minute and talk about the real issues at stake in their decision to cordon off large swaths of scientific inquiry:
“TED’s prominence has made it, perhaps inadvertently, into an forum that validates worthy intellectual progress. If a good idea gets momentum, it will most likely end up, one way or another, presented by TED or one of the TEDx offshoots.
That’s why the censure of the TEDx talks by Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake is so dismaying. As you must know, to many of us the reasons behind their removal from the TED YouTube site are just not clear. On behalf of the Evolver community, I’d like to extend an invitation to you to help us understand the reasoning that led to TED’s actions, because we suspect that behind your decision is an uninformed prejudice against groundbreaking research in a critical area of study, the possibility that consciousness extends beyond the brain.”
The issue here is not one of censorship, it’s one of social engineering.… Read the rest