TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks covering everything from Technology to Design. The TED speakers are some of the most interesting experts on the frontline of the future of technology. There are an abundance of interesting talks about technology on the Ted website, and here are our top picks of inspiring Ted Talks about technology to get you started:
1. Technology and Twitter
Del Harvey, who heads up Twitter’s Trust and Safety, gives a captivating talk about her job, which is to prevent worst-case scenarios, and as she puts it “ensure user trust, protect user rights and keep users safe, both from each other and, at times, from themselves.” From January 2009 to January 2014, Twitter saw an increase in tweets from two million to over five million tweets a day (a 24,900 percent increase). With wit and humour she explains the way she endeavours to do her job, whilst not silencing the voices that make Twitter what it is.
2.Technology and Shortcuts
In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like you need a degree from MIT to even start your computer, let alone figure out how your iPhone or Blackberry really works. Tech columnist David Pogue, gives this quick, fun and informative talk about the 10 simple, clever tips computer, web, smartphone and even camera users.
3.Technology and Robots
Guy Hoffman is a Roboticist, he is also an animator, actor, and research scientist. He describes his job as “to design, build and study robots that communicate with people.” After being inspired by Pixar’s “Luxo Jr.” he set out on a quest to invent a robot with soul. In this Ted Talk he explores the different elements that go into creating just such a robot. He delves into what humans would want from a robot with emotions, including the ability to improvise. As the co-director of the IDC Media Invention Lab, Guy Hoffman’s work has been named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year.
4.Technology and Habitable Planets
Aerospace engineer Jeremy Kasdin gives this informative talk about the universe’s most elusive objects, habitable planets. He talks about his ten year plan to build a space telescope that will be powerful enough to image another earth around a star in the galaxy and find out whether or not it might be able to harbour life. With an inside look into the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Princeton, this is an incredible talk for anyone interested space and the quest for habitable planets other than our own Earth.
5.Technology and Currency
As people lose faith in the current banking institutions world-wide a new form of currency is causing quite a stir. BitCoin is the one most of us have heard of, however, there are others. Paul Kemp-Robertson, Cofounder and Editorial Director of Contagious Communications, a multi-platform marketing resource, gives an informative talk on how currency is founded on marketing (trust in the financial institutions and governments). He then goes further to explain how a new generation of currency, founded on similar marketing principles, is emerging, from private brands. From Vodafone in Africa to Tide in the United States, the discussion about currency, marketing, and the economy in general is very interesting.