The vice president of operations at Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) Inc., Mark Fretta resides in Colorado. When he is not overseeing the daily operations of A.R.T., Mark Fretta makes time to enjoy personal interests, such as hiking the area around Colorado Springs and watching informative lectures from TED.
In August of 2015, TED published 14 previously recorded talks on topics ranging from curing life-threatening diseases to phone wiretapping. The following is an overview of a few presentations.
1. Wendy Freedman, who spearheaded the development of the Giant Magellan Telescope, shared insight into the universe at TEDGlobal 2014. She spoke about the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope, and its ability to generate clearer images of celestial bodies and potentially planets with life outside of earth.
2. A Secret Memorial for Civilian Casualties, presented by new media artist Matt Kenyon, is available in seven languages. Filmed in March of 2015, the showcase discussed how the artist who created a memorial to U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq War secretly built a companion monument to remember civilians who lost their lives during the war.
3. International policy analyst Benedetta Berti shed light on how terrorist groups, such as ISIS and Hezbollah, remain powerful through the social work they provide. She stressed the importance of understanding the work they do in the community to develop strategies for eradicating violence.