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Just a buzz word or, so much more? How big is big data really?...

The concept of big data has been around for a very long time. So, why is it one of the current buzzwords? And, just how big is big data?

Why every entrepreneur should consider having an imaginary friend [VIDEO]

Do you want to be more creative? Then, maybe you need an imaginary friend. This TEDxSydney talk explains why.
Sitting - it's killing you!

The best kind of meeting is one that doesn’t kill you [VIDEO]

Right now, what you are doing, is probably killing you. It's killing me as I write this article. All I am doing is sitting down. And, it's killing me.

Why does a $200 million plane have the same bad acoustics as my local...

It's a damn good question. Only one has wooden floors, so that's not it. If you spend any time on aircrafts, or in most coffee shops, you start to wonder about acoustics.

Creative Innovation conference is back this year to solve ‘wicked problems’

With the Australian business sector stuck with risk-adverse strategies and stifling of creativity and innovation, Ci2012 also intends to submit its findings and results to the Australian government for consideration.

How I built a nuclear fusion reactor in my garage [VIDEO]

At 12 Taylor Wilson set out to build a star. Not one for the top of your Christmas tree, but one driven by nuclear fusion. By 14, he'd built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents garage. He's now tackling how he can take this further to solve the world's energy needs.

How to live a memorable life. Simple steps to having a better memory [VIDEO]

oshua Foer was once just a science journalist for publications like National Geographic, Slate, and the New York Times. After a year of exploring ancient memory training, he can add accidental U.S. Memory Champion to his list of accomplishments. If he can do it, anyone can.

Fighting the fear of judgement. How to get back your creative mojo and change...

Remember the time that someone, be it a teacher, friend, classmate, parent or a complete random stranger, shattered your creative confidence. You were told your drawing looked nothing like a castle. Or maybe that your idea would never work. As an entrepreneur, you can face this situation often.

Why a 404 error message is like a Starbucks employee without pants [VIDEO]

It's just something that you don't want to see. While the 404 message, and its cousins, are a part of the system that makes the internet the magnificent thing that it is, it does mean something is wrong. Suddenly, your happy online experience is broken.

Why I love being proven wrong, well sometimes. I’ll admit it, I was wrong...

Before giving my two cents worth, I often utter: "I'm happy to be proven wrong". And, I genuinely mean it. So, with this TED video, I found the need to reassess my opinion of the ukulele. I've also found ukulele is a really weird word to type.

Why introverts make great entrepreneurs [VIDEO]

Well, why wouldn't they? There's nothing wrong with being an introvert. There has been recent research about mavericks, or extroverts, being more likely to be entrepreneurs. Yet, the introverted entrepreneur is not as rare as you might think.

Why social media is the digital campfire of our times; gather round and hear...

Never one to shy away from the changes technology can bring to your life, master magician Marco Tempest steps up, again, to integrate the latest augmented reality into a magic routine. In doing so, he explains the simple tenants of storytelling and how being unexpected brings delightful results.

In a rut? Here’s a challenge: Try something new for 30 days.

How about this for a goal: Try something -- anything -- for 30 days. It turns out that's the perfect time-frame for giving anything a shot, says Google SEO expert Matt Cutts in this clip from a TED conference. He took a picture a day, rode a bicycle to work, cut sugar out of his diet and wrote a novel. Not all at once, mind you.

Primary school-age Apple app wizard shows the grownups a thing or two

We've seen countless pre-teens pound eye-melting video games into submission and treat laptops and mobile phones like the devices are extensions of their bodies. So we can't be completely floored by Thomas Suarez, a seasoned iPhone app developer who's about five years away from qualifying for a driver's license.

Doodlers, unite! It’s NOT a waste of time. (Finally, experts agree.)

Studies now show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension -- and our creative thinking. So, why do we still feel embarrassed when we're caught doodling in a meeting? In this fun TED talk, professional doodler Sunni Brown makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen. Doodlers, unite!

321 Water wins Silver award at the Spark: Pro Awards

Among the latest Spark: Pro Winners is an Australian product which was distinguished with a Silver award. You might recognise the name, as earlier this year the innovation also scored top spot in Anthill's Smart 100. Created to promote the use of tap water, 321 Water turns tap water into clean, fresh and tasty water through the use of a filter which uses activated carbon to capture chemicals, including chlorine and other tastes and odours.

Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold

During this Ted talk, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (of SuperSizeMe fame) talks about his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. And yes, onstage naming rights for this talk were sponsored too. The irony is that the Ted talk seems somewhat like an ad for his movie. But that's a layer of analyis that's too deep for our small brains at Anthill Manor. Yet ... it's entertaining, eye-opening and funny. And it's also about branding. So, watch.

The mesmerizing magic of truth, deception and iPods

A magician enjoys the world's most honorable profession, because he says he is going to deceive you, then does just that. Techno-illusionist Marco Tempest has a lot of say about lies in this riveting presentation from a TED conference. Using three iPods, Tempest weaves a narrative about deception, art and emotion.

Was removing the drudgery from laundry the greatest feat of the industrial revolution? [VIDEO]

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? The automobile? The assembly line? The leaf blower? Wrong on all counts, says visionary Hans Rosling, who makes a compelling and personal argument for... wait for it... the washing machine. In this peppy presentation for TED, Rosling concludes that freeing his mother from the drudgery of hand-washing gave her time for things that improved, exponentially, the quality of life for her and her family. It's the holy grail of innovation.

Global ideas take center stage with return of TEDxSydney

Devoted to the propagation of “Ideas Worth Spreading”, TEDxSydney 2011 will provide a speaking platform to around 20 of Australia’s leading innovators, thinkers, global leaders and change makers. As a member (free to register), you can also nominate a speaker whom you feel is deserving to be present for the event.
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