Colin Robertson

The main tech session of the 2012 TED conference is The Lab, about the “amazingness of invention." None of your “secret keepers” and “beatboxers” here, they’re later in the day. Instead, we have a roboticist, a materials engineer, a technologist, a techno-illusionist, the director of DARPA … and a muppet. A live blog from the event in Long Beach is after the jump. 8.30 a.m. We start with a clip from the new Muppet movie … a cue for Scooter to then appear on stage replete with his own TED badge. “This is awesome, it’s like the Academy Awards for nerds,” he says.

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