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Viral Video: TED 2023 (According to “Prometheus”)

Here’s a clever spoof video that was prepared for the TED conference, ending today in Long Beach, Calif.

It’s for the upcoming movie by Ridley Scott, “Prometheus,” and pretends its main character (played by Guy Pearce) is a speaker at the event, which is a favorite of Silicon Valley players.

On a fake Web site depicting the corporation around which the film revolves, it notes of the appearance: “Considered a seminal moment in the career of our founder Peter Weyland, this 2023 TED Talk launched Weyland Corp into the international spotlight.”

Clever:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work