There is so much information available online these days that is reliable and worthwhile. I’m not only talking about Wikipedia or Yahoo Answers, though they are fantastic platforms, but rather sites where the goal is to introduce you to new ideas and concepts, or teach you something that you might not have had access to learn ten years ago.
TED.com is just such a website. It is one of the go-to websites for many looking to good news about this crazy world we live in. While the news can be traumatizing, TED.com allows you to hear talks from leading edge thinkers who are not simply reporting about a problem or challenge but are actually doing something about it.
Below are five TED.com videos (hosted on YouTube) that you might have missed and should have watched. They’ve blown many minds and now it’s your turn.
Sir Ken Robinson’s talks can be described as infotainment. His particularly witty delivery style allows you to not only to quickly grasp the points he brings up, but leaves you with an optimistic feeling and a notion that there are tenable solutions to even the most difficult hurdles.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that science has basically figured everything out. Sure there might be nooks and crannies to explore but essentially we have this thing called existence pretty well reigned in. Paul Stamets’ talk shows just the opposite: that there is so much more to discover – and in this case regarding mushrooms.
Anyone who follows the development of technology whether in entertainment, transportation or communication is aware that augmented-reality is the next stage of the information game. Being able to access more information quickly and intuitively will take us into a new era. Blaise Aguera introduces you to augmented-reality maps that will change the way we browse the map world.
Henry Markram will show you more about the inner workings of the brain than you might ever have expected to learn. He approaches the subject by way of computer modeling which, according to him and others, can show and teach us more about ourselves than our current means of cerebral exploration.
For those who have travelled abroad or have grown up in a non-Western civilization it is clear that clean drinking water is one of the most important considerations a family has. Michael Pritchard, exuding pure confidence in his product, demonstrates how the challenge of drinkable water doesn’t have to be a monumental hurdle to overcome. He has an answer right now.