This year’s TED talk will be a Mini Epstein reunion

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The TED Conference kicks off this Sunday in Vancouver, with more than 1,000 power brokers coming together to present ideas that have rocked the world. But between futurists, physicists and artists, the sold-out event will also function as a reunion of late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s bonds.

According to a separate app that lists conference attendees and speakers, some of which was revealed to The Daily Beast, those accused of having ties to Epstein include Bill Gates, former MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito (listed as a remote participant), Elon Musk, Google founder Sergey Brin, computer scientist Danny Hillis and former Gates adviser Boris Nikolic, who was named as an alternate executor in Epstein’s will and his latest wishes.

The extent of the relationship shows just how influential Epstein was in the years leading up to his death in a Manhattan cell in 2019.

Each person has a different degree of closeness to Epstein. For example, Gates has met the disgraced financier several times, as The Daily Beast previously reported. Hillis, meanwhile, had known Epstein in the years before his 2008 guilty plea; This pairing is used to talk about currency trading. “He has what a physicist calls physical intuition,” Hillis says. New York magazine on Epstein’s investment prowess in 2002. That year, Epstein’s accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, sent packages via FedEx to a number of people, including Hillis, according to testimony during the social site criminal trial. British Council in December 2021.

The scientist also met him as recently as 2015, according to a 2020 Massachusetts Institute of Technology report on Epstein’s connections and contributions to the school.

Epstein himself attended TED talks for many years, including 2002 and 2011, and at least managed to mingle with the attendees in 2013. In the early 2000s, TED coincided with a billionaires “dinner” ”, the ultra-exclusive race of the Edge Foundation. by Agent John Brockman, which Epstein and his entourage attended. “TED is hard to fit in, but Jeffrey can show up with 11 people and they’ll all pass,” a former conference regular told The Daily Beast, adding that the multi-millionaire brought an entourage of young women, with assistant Sarah Kellen and former model Kelly Bovino among them.

Indeed, several acquaintances of Epstein claim to have met him at TED. When Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft chief technology officer, was asked about his relationship with Epstein in 2019, his spokesperson said Vanity Fair“Epstein used to regularly attend TED talks and he was a major funder of basic science research, so even though Nathan knew him and interacted with him, that was it. Exactly where their relationship ended.

The MIT report also says Linda Stone – a longtime Epstein associate, former Microsoft executive and MIT Media Lab advisory board member – introduced the financier to Ito at TED in February. 2013. However, the document adds that “several witnesses to Epstein’s ‘Declaration’ have been barred from attending TED talks by conference organizers; and so Epstein met people in the hallways or in the hotel lobby. “

The people mentioned in this story have not responded to emails about whether they will be attending this year’s conference, let alone Hillis, who has confirmed he will be there.

The event is still very exclusive. TED membership (assuming his application is accepted) starts at $5,000. A $10,000 option includes five years of membership, concierge service, and an additional opportunity to mingle with speakers.

This year’s five-day event began with appearances from the likes of Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Kasparov, Alison Killing and Olympian Allyson Felix, and ended with a ‘farewell picnic’. .

The conference is unlikely to highlight the controversial associations of some of its members.

Bill Gates is listed as a speaker on the TED 2022 website, although he is not on the conference announcement schedule. (TED did not respond to an email seeking clarification.) The billionaire previously spoke to TED in 2015 about the potential dangers of a global pandemic.

Gates’ Epstein links are now well documented. They are said to have first met at the tycoon’s New York townhouse, aged three after Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor.

The couple stayed in touch; Gates even chartered a trip to Florida on Epstein’s private jet in 2013, as New York Times reported in 2019. (His spokesperson claimed he did not know Epstein owned the plane.)

Sources have previously told The Daily Beast that Gates would like to stand trial at Epstein’s Manhattan lair, where he would have been a way out of his “toxic” marriage. According to the former Gates Foundation employee, the high-profile philanthropist also hopes the wealthy sex offender can help him win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gates’ ex-wife, Melinda, said in a TV interview last month that her meetings with Epstein were partly responsible for the breakdown of their marriage. She claims she met Epstein “once” and immediately determined he was “disgusting”.

Nikolic, a former adviser to Gates, also spent time with Epstein and reportedly acted as an intermediary between the two men. The biotech venture capitalist met Epstein through Melanie Walker, a neuroscientist who worked at the Gates Foundation from 2006.

the Schedule posted a photo of Nikolic at Epstein’s New York mansion in 2011. He posed for the photo with Gates, then JPMorgan chief executive Jes Staley and former Treasury secretary Larry Summers.

Days before Epstein died in 2019, he signed a will and last will naming Nikolic as alternate executor for his roughly $600 million estate. Nikolic declined to take the job, saying he was “shocked” to learn his name was on the document.

Nikolic said in a statement: “I have not been consulted on these matters and I do not intend to complete these assignments.

For his part, Musk met Epstein at a dinner party hosted a few years ago by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. He admits Vanity Fair that he went to Epstein for about half an hour, but did so at the request of his ex-wife, who was “curious to meet this stranger for a novel she was writing”.

Another report in Insider suggested that Epstein ensnared Musk’s brother with a woman in an attempt to get closer to the billionaire. That report also alleges that Epstein received a private visit from Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, a claim Musk has denied.

Musk reportedly attended a dinner with Epstein in California in 2011, along with Sergey Brin and other tech celebrities. No wonder: they got together for a TED talk.

As for Ito, the entrepreneur resigned from the MIT Media Lab in the fall of 2019 as Epstein’s donations and access to prestigious universities came under closer scrutiny. (Ito is not the only MIT researcher to have appreciated Epstein’s generosity. The late computer scientist Marvin Minsky received at least $100,000 from Epstein for his research, and Professor Seth Lloyd, who did his research (visited Epstein while working in Florida in $225,000, posted at least $225,000.)

Ito endorsed Epstein as a Media Lab sponsor after meeting him at TED in 2013, and between then and 2017, the financier made six donations totaling $525,000. Ito “hopes Epstein can donate millions,” the MIT report on Epstein says.

In 2018, Ito unsuccessfully tried to get $1.5 million from Epstein to fund Media Lab scientist Caleb Harper’s research, which created a “personal food computer”. ” but does not seem to work as advertised. Harper spoke to TED about his device in 2015, and the video of the event has since been removed from TED’s website.

Ito attended meetings with Epstein, one of which featured actor Woody Allen, and visited several of his homes. Epstein will also fund two of Ito’s personal projects, providing $250,000 to a company set up to commercialize technology created at the school and contributing $9 million to a private equity fund. XNUMX million managed by Ito.

The MIT report says Ito claimed “Epstein’s investments were being held in ‘escrow’ and that he was attempting to ‘withdraw’ Epstein’s funds from these projects.”

The sexual predator also claimed in 2014 that he arranged anonymous multi-million dollar donations to MIT from his billionaire friends Gates and hedge fund investor Leon Black. Gates denies ever giving money at Epstein’s request, while Black has not commented on the allegation.

Days after Epstein killed himself in prison in August 2019, Ito posted a short quote on the MIT website. “I met Epstein in 2013 at a conference through a trusted business friend, and as part of my fundraising efforts for the MIT Media Lab, I invited him to the laboratory and visited several places in the country. his,” Ito said in the statement. “I want you to know that in all of my interactions with Epstein, I was never involved, never heard of him, and never saw any evidence of terrorist acts. damn he was charged .

Before stepping down, Ito also pledged to “match an equal amount” of Epstein’s donations, which he said he would donate to charities supporting survivors of human trafficking. The Daily Beast could not immediately confirm whether he was following.

Ito is currently a consultant at the Complex Intervention Center, which is funded by a company Ito co-founded, the Reid Hoffman Foundation and the Sergey Brin Family Foundation. Hoffman also apologized for transferring Epstein’s money to MIT.

However, Ito may struggle to come back. When the @TEDpartners Twitter account shared a post tagging him in January, users began stroking Epstein’s donations from the expert. “Get rid of the pedo launderers or expect a total boycott,” one person replied. Another observer wondered, “uh…why are you promoting people associated with Epstein? Is this the future everyone wants? ”

And in a sign that TED misunderstands the optics, the Twitter post was later deleted.

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This year’s TED talk will be a Mini Epstein reunion