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June Cohen-TEDx & Changing The Face Of Education

If you love to learn from experts atop their fields for free (and why wouldn’t you?), you’ve likely seen a TED (Technology, Engineering, Design) Talk or two. They’re available on a variety of platforms, including Netflix. With over 2.5 billion views and over 1,900 talks posted, it’s clear the face of education and lifelong learning is changing.

To find out more about where TED Talks is going, we spoke with June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media.

I&T TODAY: What role has technology played in the success of TED talks and conferences? What technology systems and equipment do you use?

JUNE COHEN: The short answer is: a lot! Most important, though, was the advent of online video, which took us from being a closed-door annual conference to suddenly being able to scale storytelling to millions of people around the world. That created an extraordinary opportunity for ideas to spread and inspiration to strike. We are constantly exploring new technologies that can further amplify the talks, whether by launching our iOS and Android apps or producing the TED Radio Hour with NPR.

I&T TODAY: In the past, quality research and ideas have been only accessible through higher education. TED is one example how the status quo may be changing. Do you think the availability of free education will continue to grow? What affect will this have