Comedian Robin Williams scrutinises grim images of abuses perpetuated by US soldier guards at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Actress Cameron Diaz twirls a lock of her blond hair with a finger as she leans back in a bean bag chair and listens to a vaunted paleontologist speak of an inevitable end to humanityâ€™s golden age in the cosmos.
Queen Noor of Jordan debates with Google co-founder Serge Brin and legendary Watergate scandal reporter Carl Bernstein whether the Internet is changing news coverage for the better or worse.
Acclaimed actor Forest Whitaker exchanges views with a Ugandan journalist after hearing a renowned geneticist tell of engineering a new life form that will feed on climate-ruining carbon dioxide.
The powerful, famous, influential and brilliant mingle casually, finding inspiration, hope and challenge in mind-bending themes at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California.
â€œTED is wonderful,â€ Diaz said as the four-day gathering ended over the weekend. â€œIt changed my life.”
Veteran attendees describe the gathering as a friendly retreat where visionaries, geniuses and achievers put aside lifeâ€™s daily distractions to collaborate on tackling the worldâ€™s woes.
Former US vice president Al Gore, Microsoft founder Steve Wozniak, singer Paul Simon, and actress Goldie Hawn are among the TED â€œcitizens.”
TED speakers each get 18 minutes to address â€œbig questionsâ€ that this year included â€œWill evil prevail?â€ and â€œHow can we change the world?”
â€œI compare TED to a healthy young brain building new connections and reaching out for new information,â€ said neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor.
Source: The Times