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Can we talk? Starting with ideas presented in videos, let’s have a discussion. We can take on significant issues, share insights, make friends, and grow in understanding important issues that ultimately affect all of us. TED Talks are compelling presentations of 20 minutes or less, available free on the internet. TED Talks on Tuesdays is a space for shared dialogue offered by Sylvania Senior Center.

3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at the Sylvania Senior Center. Free and open to all. No registration necessary.

How AI (Artificial Intelligence) Can Enhance Our Memory, Work and Social Lives    

SEPTEMBER 19  •  Tom Gruber


How smart can our machines make us? Tom Gruber, co-creator of Siri, wants to make “humanistic AI” that augments and collaborates with us instead of competing with (or replacing) us. He shares his vision for a future where AI helps us achieve superhuman performance in perception, creativity, and cognitive function -- from turbocharging our design skills to helping us remember everything we’ve ever read and the name of everyone we’ve ever met. “We are in the middle of a renaissance in AI,” Gruber says. “Every time a machine gets smarter, we get smarter.”


The Power of Vulnerability  

OCTOBER 17  •  Brené Brown


Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, and love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research that sent her on a personal quest to know herself and understand humanity. A talk to share.


The Hidden Role Informal Caregivers Play In Health Care     

NOVEMBER 21  •  Scott Williams


Once a cared-for patient and now a caregiver himself, Scott Williams highlights the invaluable role of informal caregivers -- those friends and relatives who, out of love, go the extra mile for patients in need. From personal care to advocacy to emotional support, unpaid caregivers form the invisible backbone of health and social systems worldwide, Williams says -- and without them, these systems would crumble. “How can we ensure that their value to patients and society is recognized?” he asks.

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.      

DECEMBER 19  •  Louie Schwartzberg


Nature’s beauty can be fleeting -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

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