Welcome to TEDxBoston 2017

Over the past eight years, we have shared ideas ranging from the ocean’s power, to the musical evolution of the Erhu, to urban beekeeping, and even the counterfeit drug trade. Last year, we honed our focus to artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the potential in this space captivated our collective imagination. We just weren’t ready to let it go yet.

So we dove even deeper into AI and ML this year. We heard about filmmaking with a program that named itself Benjamin, machines that could fix themselves to adapt to their environment, emerging legal and ethical issues, and much, much more.

The entire event was livestreamed right here on our website for free. If you missed the livestream, we’ll be posting full videos of all of the talks soon.

2017 Speakers
Kenneth Anderson

Kenneth Anderson

Law Professor, American University

Jim Bellingham

Jim Bellingham

Director, Center for Marine Robotics

Finale Doshi-Velez

Finale Doshi-Velez

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Barbara Engelhardt

Barbara Engelhardt

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University

Ross Goodwin

Ross Goodwin

Creative Technologist

Oscar Sharp

Film Director

Michael Littman

Michael Littman

Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

Ziad Obermeyer

Ziad Obermeyer

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Claudia Perlich

Claudia Perlich

Chief Scientist, Dstillery

Shea Rose

Shea Rose

Singer-Songwriter

From the archives
What is TEDxBoston?

What happens when a group of people rally around a radical idea and set in motion unlimited possibilities for a brighter future? A Revolution.

More than two centuries ago, ordinary citizens in Boston dreamed of a democracy and launched a revolution that changed the course of human history in extraordinary ways.  That innovative spirit still thrives today in our forward thinkers and accomplished doers.  At TEDxBoston, we celebrate their ideas and their passion for improving the way citizens of the world learn, live, give, work, and play.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBoston, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBoston event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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