TED (Technology Entertainment Design) is an annual conference that defines its mission as “ideas worth spreading”… TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives
In that spirit videos of many speakers at TED, known as “TED Talks“, are available online for downloading or streaming. Videos feature closed captions in English and many TED Talks feature subtitles in various languages and are released under a Creative Commons license so they can be freely shared and reposted.
The TED organisers believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So they’re building a clearinghouse of TED Talks videos that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other
A selection of interesting TED Talks are featured below:
David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.
You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”
Forget about the hybrid auto – Shai Agassi says it’s electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.
At the 2007 conference, Kevin Kelly shared a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what’s coming in the next 5,000 days?
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