Fixing our broken systems: TEDGlobal 2012 Day 2 recap

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The old adage goes: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, speakers during Day 2 of TEDGlobal 2012—the annual conference where thinkers in a variety of fields present their ideas—made it clear that there’s a lot out there in need of fixing. Giving a range of examples — from the data that telephone companies collect about customers to the way we as a culture think about mental illness to the existing barriers to stem cell research — today’s speakers investigated the gray areas that emerge in a more wired, connected society.

Pankaj Ghemawat, the author of World 3.0, coined the term “Globaloney” as he opened Session 4, first thing in the morning. Ghemawat examined the commonly held belief that the world is flat and that national borders are becoming irrelevant. The data doesn’t fit: Guess how many voice-calling minutes are international. The number…

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