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TEDxVancouver - Nicholas Molnar - Hey Internet! Grow Up and Make Us Better

We all know that the values of our community shape the way we look at the world. We all accept that the rules of the road affect how we drive. Or that the laws in our country dictate how we should act. When these values and rules change, we pay attention, because we want to make sure that the change was positive for us, and our community. But one area most of us pay very little attention to are the rules, incentives, and values of the services we use online. Social status, game mechanics, and relevancy are shaping the way we use the internet, but theyfrequently drive us toward the wrong pursuits, when they could easily be used to motivate us to be happier, smarter, or healthier if that was the goal. A simple rethink on the way we harness the power of the internet might just change our world for the better. Nicholas Molnar is a Web Strategist at Thirdi Software and the Director Of Technical Awesomeness at Fuck Cancer. He believes that the Internet isn't a force for social good, but the people on it just might be. He is experimenting with using social games - and the power of community - to make people live longer. About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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