TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and it's a yearly conference in Long Beach in California that started in 1984.
This is the second part in a series of blog entrys where I list the TED Talks I think are the most interesting, funny, moving or amazing, and this second set is from the second to last page of the complete list of TED talks. Today that page is page 47. Last page I wrote about this there were about 200 Talks, now there are 548. The last page then was 23, now it is 48.
You can watch them on their site for free or you can watch them in iTunes, also for free. Subscribe in iTunes to get them downloaded as they are released and automatically transfered to your video capable iPod. (Links to iTunes Store: TED Talks , TED Talks (HD), TED Talks (Audio) You can find them in iTunes like this: iTunes Store > Podcasts > Arts > TED Talks)
My favourite TED Talks, part 2
- Cameron Sinclair on open-source architecture
TED Prize winner Cameron Sinclair talks about open-source architecture. By making designs that are open-source, as in free, you can do something about global housing crisis. The designs and thinking behind them are really interesting. I really like how the UN build stuff and how you really should build stuff by taking into account the needs of the people and the place the building will be. In the desert for instance it would be a good idea to design a house that collects rain when it rains and who is cool when it is hot outside, not actually hotter inside than outside as the UN houses are.
- Jeff Han demos his breakthrough touchscreen
Cool tech! A touchscreen for your computer. This was filmed in 2006, and a few the gestures are present in the iPhone from Apple. But this is cooler still.
- Jehane Noujaim on a global day of film
Jehane talks about the power of movies to change peoples minds. She is also a TED Price winner and her wish is to bring the world together one day a year through the powe of film.
- Larry Brilliant wants to stop pandemics
Another TED Prize winner. He talks about has the smallpox was eredicated from the planet.
- Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child
Nicholas who is the founder of the MIT media lab has talked about this project four times at TED. 1984 where he first talks about it and also in 2006, 2007 and 2008. This is from 2006. The projects goal is to build and distribute the 100 dollar laptop to children in third world countries.