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    Freethink profiles entrepreneurs and innovators who are thinking differently and making a difference. Subscribe to get informed, inspired and to re-imagine what's possible for the future.

    From cyborg tech to A.I. to bioengineering, the human species and our society are evolving at an accelerated rate. Freethink videos introduce you to the people behind these unprecedented changes -- exploring not just what they are doing or how they are doing it ...but WHY.

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  • Superhuman Play all

    Brain implants. 3d-printed prosthetics. Spine-healing stem cells. Watch as our superhuman future unfolds...
    • Brain Implant Restores Movement to Paralyzed Man - Duration: 7 minutes, 22 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 83,065 views
      A tragic diving accident while on vacation left Ian Burkhart unable to move most of his body. But a brain implant connected to electrodes on his arm restored his ability to move his fingers and cou...
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    • The Real Bionic Man - Duration: 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,846,880 views
      After his arm was amputated, doctors outfit Johnny, a self-described “hillbilly” from West Virginia, with one of the world’s most advanced robotic arms. Johnny is able to control his new arm with h...
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    • Injection of Stem Cells Give Paralyzed Man Movement - Duration: 5 minutes, 25 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 51,408 views
      After a devastating car accident, Lucas Lindner was left almost completely paralyzed. But an injection of embryonic stem cells in his spinal cord has given him back almost complete function of his ...
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    • 3D-Printed Bionic Hands are Changing Kids' Lives - Duration: 7 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 40,971 views
      Powered by 3D printer technology, people are making prosthetics at a fraction of the cost. Watch this episode of “Superhuman” for the story of how e-NABLE, an online network of volunteers, has crea...
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    • A Life Changed by Robotic Legs - Duration: 6 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 38,213 views
      After an accident, Robert Woo was paralyzed from the chest down. Woo spent the next four years in a wheelchair and in therapy. But even as he learned how to live his new life, he couldn’t stop aski...
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    • Gaining Independence with the World's Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm - Duration: 8 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 23,339 views
      While Jerral was serving in Iraq, his tank was hit by a roadside bomb. The attack left him paralyzed and without his left arm. But rather than letting his injuries define him, Jerral is fighting ba...
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    • Father Makes 3D Heart for Daughter - Duration: 5 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 1,395 views
      When a father’s daughter was diagnosed with a heart disease, he set out to design an innovative 3D model of a heart that doctors could explore in virtual reality to save her life and thousands more...
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    • The Promise of Gene Therapy - Duration: 7 minutes, 42 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,637 views
      When doctors told Karen there was no cure for her daughter’s brain disease, she took action. With no scientific background, she created a gene therapy business that can fix the faulty genes causing...
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    • Reversing Blindness - Duration: 8 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 23,293 views
      Vanna started to notice a change in her vision. Six months later, she was legally blind. But Vanna never lost hope, and enrolled in an experimental clinical trial. Her doctors injected stem cells f...
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    • Open Sourcing the Brain - Duration: 7 minutes, 18 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 8,514 views
      OpenBCI has developed a 3D-printed headset that allows our brains to interact with software. Want to measure the effect of meditation on your brain? It's possible. Want to control a prosthetic limb...
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    • Superhuman – A Freethink Original Series – Trailer - Duration: 2 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 7,043 views
      From prosthetic limbs and exoskeleton suits to implants that allow the blind to see and the deaf to hear to bionic organs that are giving people a new lease on life; amazing advances in bionics and...
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    • Father Creates Bionic Organ for Son - Duration: 5 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 102,681 views
      A father’s quest to help his son with diabetes led him to develop an artificial pancreas that could change the lives of millions of people who suffer from the disease.

      For more stories profiling p...
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  • Our Bionic Future Play all

    The merging of man and machine is upon us.
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  • Medical Innovations Play all

    From mind-controlled bionic arms to experimental gene therapies, meet the pioneers and patients on the frontlines of medical innovation.
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  • Challengers Play all

    Across the globe, innovative entrepreneurs are racing to develop new businesses that could dramatically improve people’s lives. But startups are hard work, and success is far from guaranteed. Join us as we profile the next generation of challenger companies and get an intimate view of where they are on their journey to transform an entire industry—and change the world.
    • How Virtual Reality Could Change Your Life - Duration: 5 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 4,030 views
      Virtual reality isn’t just for games anymore. Linc Gasking and his team of visual effects experts at 8i thinks they can make holograms of humans so real, that VR will go mainstream and they’ll alte...
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    • What Will Schools Look Like in the Future? - Duration: 6 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 87,402 views
      Everyone wants America’s education system to do better. Ex-Googler Max Ventilla has a radical idea for how to make it work more like a social network. Ventilla’s AltSchool is building a highly-pers...
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    • Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems? - Duration: 6 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 59,376 views
      Scott Phoenix, cofounder of Vicarious, believes artificial intelligence could one day cure cancer, create new forms of energy, and solve virtually every problem that humans simply can’t. With the s...
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    • Can This Startup Rethink Nuclear Power? - Duration: 5 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 9,340 views
      Dr. Leslie Dewan and her team at Transatomic are designing a nuclear reactor that can produce much more electricity than a conventional reactor, while creating much less nuclear waste. But to imple...
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    • An App for Global Trade - Duration: 6 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 83,672 views
      Ryan Petersen, founder of Flexport, believes that nothing helps people improve their lives more than the ability to trade with one another. And, yet, even in the era of free trade, international sh...
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    • Challengers - Fast Company Presents a Freethink Original Series - Trailer - Duration: 2 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,087 views
      Across the globe, innovative entrepreneurs are racing to develop new businesses that could dramatically improve people’s lives. But startups are hard work, and success is far from guaranteed. Join ...
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  • Coded Play all

    In the wake of Russian hacking and Equifax, there's never been a more important time to explore the murky world of hacking, cybersecurity and digital surveillance.
    • Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem Wants to Disrupt Money - Duration: 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 134,389 views
      Charlie Shrem went from being a multi-millionaire to having almost nothing. Founder of BitInstant, Shrem was one of the first Bitcoin entrepreneurs. And it paid off big time. Until he allowed a cus...
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    • The Unhackable Email Service - Duration: 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 438,215 views
      Ladar Levison built an encrypted email service called Lavabit that counted a prominent figure among its users: Edward Snowden. After spending 10 years building Lavabit, he has to destroy it all in ...
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    • Erasing Your DNA - Duration: 5 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 7,455 views
      Heather Dewey-Hagborg never leaves a trace of herself anywhere. An artist and activist, Hagborg wants people to understand the hidden secrets in the DNA they leave behind everywhere they go - and w...
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    • The People's NSA - Duration: 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 7,452 views
      Meet the hackers who are working with investigative journalists to expose organized crime and corruption by some of the world’s most sinister governments. Those governments are going to great lengt...
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    • Hacking the Future - Duration: 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 4,056 views
      Welcome to DefCon, the largest gathering of hackers in the world. In the crowd is Nico Sell. Sell is founder and chairman of the online privacy organization, Wickr Foundation. She’s on a mission to...
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    • Protecting Journalists from Surveillance in Ethiopia - Duration: 3 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 2,916 views
      Meet the cyber security expert helping bloggers in Ethiopia escape capture, torture, and possible death at the hands of the government. Endalk Chala spends his days as a doctoral student in Oregon,...
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    • Coded - A Freethink Original Series - Trailer - Duration: 2 minutes, 4 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 13,313 views
      There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA i...
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    • Meet The Lawyer Who Defends Anonymous - Duration: 6 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 73,302 views
      Jay Leiderman isn’t your normal defense attorney. He’s committed his career to defending hackers, including Anonymous, the world’s most secretive and famous hacking organization.

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    • Hacker Wins Election As Pirate Party Leader - Duration: 5 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 103,326 views
      In the wake of the Panama Papers hacking scandal, computer programmer Smári McCarthy decided he needed to apply his "hacking for good" philosophy to politics. As a member of the Pirate Party - a po...
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    • What Happens When a Hacker Hero is Arrested by the FBI? - Duration: 6 minutes, 20 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 51,733 views
      The super-secretive hacker known as MalwareTech became famous when he dismantled the WannaCry computer virus, one of the most alarming privacy threats in recent memory. But the praise was cut short...
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    • This Research Team Wants to Hack Your Car - Duration: 5 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 11,729 views
      What happens when an SUV going 75 miles-per-hour down a highway is hacked from a remote computer? Two researchers in Pittsburgh want to make sure we never find out. As cars have become more automat...
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    • How AI Could Revolutionize Coffee - Duration: 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 3,337 views
      Around 1 in 60 people on the globe rely on the coffee supply chain for their livelihood. But it’s an antiquated system, rife with uncertainty, unfairness, and even corruption. Bext360 wants to chan...
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  • Wrong Play all

    An animated series about the bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds throughout history. Because the world is complex and the future loves to surprise us.
    • The Y2K Bug is Going to Bite! - Duration: 7 minutes, 29 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 99,009 views
      In the months and days leading up to the year 2000, many grew alarmed that a computer bug would collapse networks and bring down economies and global stability in its wake. Did we narrowly avoid th...
    • We’re All Gonna Starve! - Duration: 4 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 1,191,038 views
      A pervasive fear of overpopulating the world swept America and other countries in the late 1960s and ‘70s, but a revolution in food production turned predictions of a population bomb into a worldwi...
    • Beware the Frankenbabies! - Duration: 4 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 115,154 views
      As scientists began to develop in-vitro fertilization in the ‘70s for parents struggling to have a baby, experts and media piled on with frightening predictions that almost stopped the invention th...
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    • Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat? - Duration: 5 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 6,991 views
      To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating. But despite a massive public education campaign, obesity and d...
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    • Did Rats Start the Drug War? - Duration: 5 minutes, 15 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 3,779 views
      Much of our shared understanding about drugs and addiction came from a series of studies done in the 1950s and 60s on lab rats. But a skeptical researcher has designed his own study that involves, ...
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    • Is Vitamin C a Total Sham? - Duration: 4 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 3,353 views
      In the heart of cold and flu season, it's natural to reach for the Vitamin C. But we may want to think twice. While it has ballooned into a billion dollar business and crystallized as an all-powerf...
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    • What Happened to the Beepocalypse? - Duration: 4 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      • 30,321 views
      In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse tha...
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    • Will Robots Take Our Jobs? - Duration: 4 minutes, 33 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      • 3,740 views
      Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, fear of automation has been on the rise. From weaving machines to cars to computers, cries about robots coming to take our jobs keep getting louder. But...
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  • New Space Race Play all

    Meet the next generation of explorers taking us higher and farther than ever before.
    • Roundtrip Flights to Space - Duration: 7 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 102,384 views
      What if you could fly round trip to space, any day during the workweek? Jeff Greason and his company XCOR are working on a spacecraft prototype to do exactly that. Hunkered down in the Mojave Deser...
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    • Small Satellites With a Huge Impact - Duration: 7 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 37,500 views
      Spire’s CubeSat satellites—each about the size of a shoebox—can collect and transmit weather data 10,000 times a day, which is more than six times as often as the massive, billion-dollar satellites...
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    • A Delivery Service for the Moon - Duration: 9 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 60,133 views
      Imagine a delivery service that promised to drop your package within five miles of your house, but couldn’t tell you exactly where until after the delivery had happened. That’s how landing on the m...
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    • Made in Space - Duration: 8 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 57,840 views
      NASA intern turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Jason Dunn, saw what was holding humans back from colonizing outer space...and decided to do something about it. With his company Made in Space’s cut...
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    • Preparing to Live in Outer Space - Duration: 8 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,198 views
      Twenty years from now, humans will live and work in space in record numbers—so says Rick Tumlinson, a two-decade veteran of the private space industry. As companies work feverishly to develop the t...
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    • New Space Race – A Freethink Original Series – Trailer - Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,983 views
      In July of 2011, the U.S. suspended its decade’s long Space Shuttle program, officially ending an era of space exploration that began over half a century ago. Some have mourned its passing as a sig...
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  • Bright Ideas Play all

    Bite-sized insights from leading entrepreneurs, innovators and activists.
    • Karen Aiach on Doing the Impossible - Duration: 84 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,253 views
      Doctors told Karen her daughter's disease had no cure. But she refused to take no for an answer.
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    • Leslie Dewan on Learning from Failure - Duration: 84 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,157 views
      Dr. Leslie Dewan, CEO of nuclear power startup Transatomic, discusses the importance of entrepreneurs' ability to bounce back and learn from failure. Watch more about Transatomic here: https://yout...
    • Conor Russomanno on Exploring Our Limits - Duration: 89 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,195 views
      Could linking our brains to computers allow the mind to control the world outside of our bodies?
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    • Nico Sell on Recruiting Hackers for Good - Duration: 61 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,253 views
      Nico Sell, founder and chairman of the Wickr Foundation, on teaching kids how to hack and encouraging them to use their new-found talents for good.
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  • Crossing the Divide Play all

    The under-told stories of people coming together from opposing sides of the most contentious political, social and cultural issues of our day.
    • A White Cop and Black Barber Team Up to Bring Peace to Their City - Duration: 7 minutes, 21 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 110,035 views
      In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and the resulting unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Shaun “Lucky” Corbett wanted to do his part to ease tensions in his own community. A barber in Charlotte, S...
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    • Islam and Judaism: How a Mosque Became Home to a Synagogue - Duration: 6 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 39,474 views
      When Sheikh Musa Drammeh, an imam in the Bronx, realized a nearby synagogue was running into financial troubles and would have to close its doors, Musa invited the congregation to use his Islamic c...
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    • How to Resolve Difficult Conflicts - Duration: 4 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 3,679 views
      Have you ever found yourself in an argument that was so frustrating that no resolution felt possible? Harvard’s top negotiation expert, Dr. Daniel Shapiro, says it’s not what we’re arguing about th...
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    • Can a Dinner Bring Divided People Together? - Duration: 6 minutes, 33 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 1,256 views
      In the wake of the 2016 election, Tria Chang and Justine Lee felt frustrated and confused by the results. But they also realized that they didn’t know a single Trump voter. And most of their friend...
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    • LGBT Rights: The Power of a Single Conversation - Duration: 5 minutes, 9 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 2,310 views
      After Californians voted against gay marriage in 2008, Dave Fleischer, head of the Leadership LAB at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, knew he had to do something different to reach people. Dave and his...
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    • Crossing the Divide - A Freethink Original Series - Teaser - Duration: 72 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 695 views
      In the midst of some of the world's most intense religious, political and cultural conflicts, there are individuals who've managed to forge connections between opposing sides. It isn’t always easy....
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    • The Conservative Radio Host Urging People to Break Out of Their Bubbles - Duration: 3 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      • 15,073 views
      Charlie Sykes, a conservative radio host and author of "How the Right Lost Its Mind", explains the dangers of “alternative facts” and why he thinks they are a threat to democracy.

      For more stories...
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  • Popular uploads Play all

    • The Real Bionic Man - Duration: 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,846,880 views
      After his arm was amputated, doctors outfit Johnny, a self-described “hillbilly” from West Virginia, with one of the world’s most advanced robotic arms. Johnny is able to control his new arm with h...
      • CC
    • We’re All Gonna Starve! - Duration: 4 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 1,191,038 views
      A pervasive fear of overpopulating the world swept America and other countries in the late 1960s and ‘70s, but a revolution in food production turned predictions of a population bomb into a worldwi...
    • The Unhackable Email Service - Duration: 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 438,215 views
      Ladar Levison built an encrypted email service called Lavabit that counted a prominent figure among its users: Edward Snowden. After spending 10 years building Lavabit, he has to destroy it all in ...
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    • The Robot Duck Helping Kids With Cancer - Duration: 3 minutes, 25 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 144,756 views
      Nation of Artists and Freethink are proud to partner with Aflac, Sproutel and Carol Cone On Purpose for the launch of My Special Aflac Duck, a social robot designed to bring comfort and joy to kids...
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    • Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem Wants to Disrupt Money - Duration: 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 134,389 views
      Charlie Shrem went from being a multi-millionaire to having almost nothing. Founder of BitInstant, Shrem was one of the first Bitcoin entrepreneurs. And it paid off big time. Until he allowed a cus...
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    • Beware the Frankenbabies! - Duration: 4 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 115,154 views
      As scientists began to develop in-vitro fertilization in the ‘70s for parents struggling to have a baby, experts and media piled on with frightening predictions that almost stopped the invention th...
      • CC
    • The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again - Duration: 9 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 114,190 views
      Hamish Brewer is a born motivator. The New Zealander with an infectious energy served as principal of Occoquan Elementary, a school serving a large low-income and immigrant community. His unique le...
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    • A White Cop and Black Barber Team Up to Bring Peace to Their City - Duration: 7 minutes, 21 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 110,035 views
      In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and the resulting unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Shaun “Lucky” Corbett wanted to do his part to ease tensions in his own community. A barber in Charlotte, S...
      • CC
    • Hacker Wins Election As Pirate Party Leader - Duration: 5 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 103,326 views
      In the wake of the Panama Papers hacking scandal, computer programmer Smári McCarthy decided he needed to apply his "hacking for good" philosophy to politics. As a member of the Pirate Party - a po...
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    • Father Creates Bionic Organ for Son - Duration: 5 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 102,681 views
      A father’s quest to help his son with diabetes led him to develop an artificial pancreas that could change the lives of millions of people who suffer from the disease.

      For more stories profiling p...
      • CC
    • Roundtrip Flights to Space - Duration: 7 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 102,384 views
      What if you could fly round trip to space, any day during the workweek? Jeff Greason and his company XCOR are working on a spacecraft prototype to do exactly that. Hunkered down in the Mojave Deser...
      • CC
    • The Y2K Bug is Going to Bite! - Duration: 7 minutes, 29 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 99,009 views
      In the months and days leading up to the year 2000, many grew alarmed that a computer bug would collapse networks and bring down economies and global stability in its wake. Did we narrowly avoid th...
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