Top 10 TED Talks:Must watch!
TED(Technology Entertainment Design) is a non-profit organisation that encourages entrepreneurs & innovators to come & spread their ideas to the world at their Talk sessions.Their slogan ‘Ideas worth spreading’ effectively shows their commitment to showcase innovative ideas to the world. Here I list the Top 10 TED Talks which are carefully selected. A must watch.
1: Pranav Mistry:The thrilling potential of Sixthsense technology:
At the TEDIndia 2009, Pranav Mistry (head of MIT Media Labs ThinkTank Team, now Samsung Global VP), demonstrated his SixthSense device. Essentially the world’s first VR device, the SixthSense device consisted of a Projector, A camera,Mirror & microphones. It connects to the internet via a Laptop or any computing device to retrieve information regarding the objects which the wearer is interacting with. In the Talk, Pranav also explains his other projects & plans to develop this device further.He also shares the experience of meeting Dr APJ Abdul Kalam(Late Former President of India) & gifting a Sixthsense device to him. He shares his ideas about further plans to Chris Anderson Chief Curator of TED.Following this, he Open sourced the software & hardware required for making the device.As per official stats, this TED Talk has been viewed by 1,48,14,112 people on the internet.
2: Marco Tempest: Tale of Magic(Augmented Reality Experiment):
Marco Tempest is a magician,literally. He is a Techno-Illusionist who uses the clever combination of Technology & Magic to create Jaw-dropping presentations.Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini. In this TED Talks, he uses an Augmented Reality Device to Live Telecast Visual Effects right infront of the Audience.His imaginative combination of computer-generated imagery, quick-cut video and enthusiastic stage presence has earned him a place in the pantheon of great illusionists.His lively presentation uses the interaction of audience to recreate illusions. His Talks are always Unedited, with no post production or added effects.Tempest is researching the link between magic and technology as a Director’s Fellow. He says: “I blend the line between what is incredibly real and what is incredibly not.” Watch this and you’ll never regret.
3:Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue Soft power:
Shashi Tharoor, Former Goverment Minister,novelist & India’s former representative in UN, speaks about soft power & why nations require soft power rather than military & arms.Before entering politics, Tharoor spent almost three decades with the UN as a refugee worker and peace-keeper, working as a senior adviser to the Secretary-General. Meanwhile, he maintained a parallel career as a writer, producing three novels, a biography of Nehru and several collections of essays on literature and global affairs (plus hundreds of articles for magazines and journals). He was the UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information under Kofi Annan, and was India’s candidate in 2006 for the post of Secretary-General. He left the UN in 2007. Tharoor explains the meaning of soft power & ways to implement it. He says that the cultural exchange between nations is important than diplomacy. Recorded from TEDIndia 2009, this Talk is still one of the most viewed today. His good oratorial skills & sense of humour is revealed through the various anecdotes he shares with the audience. He also mentions a special cultural exchange between India & Afghanistan, that is Hindi serials! Watch this Talk now.
4:Elon Musk: The mind behind SpaceX,Tesla Motors & Solarcity:
Elon Musk is a man of dream projects. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.He is the CEO of Tesla Motors that manufactures & researches about electric cars. He is the chief designer for SpaceX, overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets. In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft won the NASA contract to provide a commercial replacement for the cargo transport function of the space shuttle. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to dock with the International Space Station and return cargo to Earth with the Dragon.Watch this talk to find out his plans for the future.
5: Chris Anderson(TED Curator): TED’s secret to great public speaking:
Chris Anderson, Curator of TED shares the secret of great TED Talks. He also mentions that there are four tricks to make a Talk appeal to the audience & catch their attention.He also tells how to make any presentation interactive & the secret of pushung a great idea into the audience’s minds.Chris Anderson tells that if you have a great idea, you can present it at TED.Because that what TED is for, ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’.
6: Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second:
Ramesh Raskar, Professor at MIT Media Labs create a camera that record femto-photographic images. This tool can capture the videos of LIGHT IN MOTION. Femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays. See how his team visualised a mannequin in a room which was placed in a different angle which the eyes can’t see. He also demonstrates how peple can check the ripeness of fruits by just taking a photo with the Femtocamera.
7: Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly & cooperate:
Vijay Kumar, Professor at University of Pennsylvania & his students Alex & Daniel demoes a Robotic Drone which can fly on its own & take pictures of the land below it. It can also navigate from any where by generating a 3D Map of the area & then analysing exit & entry points from its database. Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrocoptors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more. The innovative robotic drones also features ability to communicate with each other & do jobs combined as groups, a borrowed idea from the life of ants.
8: Alex Kipman: A futuristic vision of the age of holograms:
Alex Kipman, Kinect creator & Microsoft Developer demoes the HoloLens, which is Microsoft’s entry to the Virtual Reality Bandwagon. The HoloLens is capable of projecting low latency & variable depth holograms into the person’s field of view without hampering user’s ability to interact with physical objects. The holens seamlessly integrates Virtual & physical world’s to create a better holographic experience.Read our previous article about HoloLens to know more about it. Alex Kipman also invites Jeff from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory via Hologram technology & interviews him from the stage. This is followed by Q&A session of TED’s Helen Walters.
9: Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? :
Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TED Talk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006.Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
10: Linda Liukas: A delightful way to teach kids about computers :
Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers. Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.She also has a website named HelloRuby to achieve the same task. www.helloruby.com
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