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Matt Ridley at TED

Here’s rational optimist Matt Ridley‘s TED talk. Readers of this blog will be familiar with his ideas about trade and development: “you need to understand how human beings bring together their brains and enable their ideas to combine and recombine, to meet and, indeed, to mate. In other words, you need to understand how ideas have sex.” Ridley also remains optimistic about the future “[b]ecause through the cloud, through crowdsourcing, through the bottom-up world that we’ve created, where not just the elites, but everybody is able to have their ideas and make them meet and mate, we are surely accelerating the rate of innovation.”[%comments]