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Students in California to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station

Students at Para Los Niños in Los Angeles will speak with a NASA astronaut living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 12:55 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 22. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us | Margaret Mitchell

As a research scientist at Google, Margaret Mitchell helps develop computers that can communicate about what they see and understand. She tells a cautionary tale about the gaps, blind spots and biases we subconsciously encode into AI — and asks us to consider what the technology we create today will mean for tomorrow. “All that we see now is a snapshot in the evolution of artificial intelligence,” Mitchell says. “If we want AI to evolve in a way that helps humans, then we need to define the goals and strategies that enable that path now.”

Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen

Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. Take TED Resident Jason Shen; he studied biology but later became a product manager at a tech company. In this quick, insightful talk about human potential, Shen shares some new thinking on how job seekers can make themselves more attractive — and why employers should look for ability over credentials.

The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven't met yet | Tanya Menon

We often find ourselves stuck in narrow social circles with similar people. What habits confine us, and how can we break them? Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon considers how we can be more intentional about expanding our social universes — and how it can lead to new ideas and opportunities.

Fashion that celebrates African strength and spirit | Walé Oyéjidé

“To be African is to be inspired by culture and to be filled with undying hope for the future,” says designer and TED Fellow Walé Oyéjidé. With his label Ikiré Jones (you’ll see their work in Marvel’s “Black Panther”), he uses classic design to showcase the elegance and grace of often-marginalized groups, in beautifully cut clothing that tells a story.