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Best TED Talks For Technologists

Robotics, crowdsourcing, thought control, 3D printing -- the achievements of science are amazing, but those who work in tech every day often take them for granted. These TED Talks will remind you how wondrous and inspiring technology can be.
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If you enjoy watching Internet videos and you're in technology, there's a good chance you've wasted more than one afternoon binge-watching TED Talks.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, began holding events back in 1984. Since then, this non-profit organization has become known for its TED Talks, which are short (18 minutes or less) presentations given by some of the most intelligent and inspirational speakers in the world. Thousands flock to TED events, and millions have watched the video replays available on YouTube or TED.com.

TED Talks frequently deal with emerging technology. Some cover the intersection between technology and other fields, like design, education, healthcare, or sociology. Often the presentations include demos, many of which are simply amazing. And a lot of the presentations pose big questions or call on the audience to rethink some of their assumptions about how the world works.

We've pulled together 10 of the best TED Talks related to technology. They are at times jaw-dropping, funny, persuasive, courageous, ingenious, fascinating, inspiring, beautiful, and informative -- which also happen to be the categories TED uses for organizing videos on its website. All of them live up to the TED motto: "Ideas worth spreading." Check them out on the following pages.

 

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/27/2015 | 8:35:19 PM
Re: TED Talks
If it makes for more attentiveness to customer wishes, I don't mind.  I care more about what they do with my credit-card information and PII.  ;)
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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10/27/2015 | 1:23:35 PM
Re: TED Talks
That sounds a bit spooky Joe! :)
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/26/2015 | 11:05:26 PM
Re: TED Talks
@Marcia: Powerful retail analytics potential there -- video analytics that read not only customer foot-traffic patterns and how long they look at a display, but what they're thinking when they see displays and various merchandise.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/26/2015 | 10:55:43 PM
Re: TED Talks
Of course, there is a benefit to making drones look and move more like "drones" and less like birds.

Case in point: article in the news this week about a drone in Oklahoma crashing after trying to deliver contraband (including knives and cellphones) inside a prison.
ClassC
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ClassC,
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10/25/2015 | 2:59:12 PM
Re: Happy Maps
@Marcia   Yes, probably.   Once they get it right, it will be a huge achievement.  On the scale of Google Maps itself.
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ClassC,
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10/25/2015 | 2:56:47 PM
Re: TED Talks
@aditshar1   TED Talks are really great, try to view them on You-Tube.  I could have kicked myself, I was channel surfing yesterday and just couldn't find anything interesting, when I could have just watched one.  

I always find them enlightening and inspirering.
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ClassC,
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10/25/2015 | 2:52:49 PM
Re: TED Talks
@Brian.Dean    It is interesting to contemplate why we don't see more bird based drones.  I suspect you are correct, but it seems like the drone make up is highly typical of mechnanical engineering development which to me only makes the bird model so much more fascinating.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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10/22/2015 | 7:29:56 AM
Re: TED Talks
TED is new for me, but impressive. I read some of the TED talks and found that its actually blend and integrated discussion of Technology, Entertainment, Design. The beauty of discussion is they have joined bits and pieces from all these three parameters. Like Marcia said, yes some of them are scary.
MarciaNWC
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10/21/2015 | 6:40:13 PM
Re: Happy Maps
I guess Happy Maps must still be in development; I agree, there could be a lot of value extracted from it.
Brian.Dean
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10/21/2015 | 5:18:41 AM
Re: Happy Maps
Google's Play Store does not have an app with the name Happy Maps. I will check the app store in a few months as this functionality might have a lot of economic and user benefits. For example, an individual might be able to personalize their route and cross their childhood school and economically, the tourist and real estate industry could extract a lot of value through this type of sentiment data.
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