Originally posted on TED Blog:

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Ridley Scott’s summer blockbuster Prometheus opens today in the US, telling the story of a future civilization that may have … overreached. Back in 2011, writer Damon Lindelof, a fan of TED, was exploring one of the key characters in the movie’s backstory: the corporate mogul Peter Weyland. What was his vision? How would he change the world? Which began to start sounding a lot like a TEDTalk. As Lindelof told the TED Blog in February:

Prometheus takes place in the future, but it’s a movie about ideas, and I just felt like it would be really cool to have one of the characters from the movie give a TED Talk. Obviously, since the movie is set in the distant future, it would have to be a little more contemporary. But wouldn’t it be cool if it was a TED Talk from a decade in the future? And…

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