Have a talk with TED. What is TED you ask? TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. TED started back in 1984 as a conference where different speakers shared ideas on technology and design and filmed their presentations.
At ted.com you can watch different speakers discuss ideas on science, tech, music, etc. There are over 1000 talks to choose from and they are on average 20 minutes in length. Here are a couple of speakers I thought were fascinating.
Hugh Herr, “The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance”.
Herr who lost both of his legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago, and the head of MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, demonstrates his bionic limbs and the technology that is being developed to help others. He describes with graphics how the tech works. There is also an appearance at the end of his speech from ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Herr helped her dance again with a bionic leg which she performs for the first time on stage.
Nicholas Negroponte, “5 predictions, from 1984”.
Nicholas predicts all the way back in 1984 the future of “high tech” stuff, like touch screens on computer monitors, reading books on line and web interfaces. Could you image someone telling you in 1984 that you would be using a touch screen? This was very interesting seeing the beginning of these ideas so long ago.
Other notable mentions are Sting, “How I started writing songs again”. He plays songs from a musical he wrote.
Hyeonseo Lee, “My escape from North Korea”. Lee talks about her escape at age 14 in the 1990’s famine that happened in that country.
There are many topics to choose from and one caveat is that not all of the speaker’s topics are worth listening to, so browse, pick a good one, and let TED talk with you.