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How Swarm Intelligence Makes Humans Smarter, And Preparing America For A Total Eclipse

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The average period of time between two solar eclipses in a single location is 375 years, according to Angela Speck, an astronomer at the University of Missouri.

Birds, bees, fish, and all sorts of other animals exponentially expand their intelligence and abilities when they cluster together in swarms. Can humans do the same? Today, we find out how researchers are harnessing the benefits of the hive mind to create smarter, safer artificial intelligence.

Then, we meet Angela Speck, an astronomer at the University of Missouri whose job as co-chair of the American Astronomical Society's Solar Eclipse Task Force is nothing less than preparing America for Monday's stupendous celestial event.

Louis Rosenberg and Angela Speck will present at this year's TEDxKC, which takes place at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Seats are sold out, but watch party tickets and live-streaming options are available at TEDxKC.org.

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