Here are 7+ hours of TED & related Talks (20+ videos in total). Enjoy.
Inspired by all the TEDxHongKong chatters I had last night with some attendees, I’ve finally done my version of top nth TED videos that inspired me. So here is my baker’s dozen (12+1) of TED and TEDx talk videos that I love and enjoy over the years. Some are popular and some are not.
May be we share a few common ones and we can chat about them in the comments. And if you see a few new ones that you haven’t watched, thats cool too and we can chat in the comments. And may be most important of all, please do share some of your fav! I love to check them out and hear why you love them!
In no particular order, the following are my baker’s dozen (12+1) tweets of my favourite TED & TEDx videos (with links added):
Tonight, I’m excited to get Susan Cain‘s new 2012 book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking“ as an audiobook so I can listen to it while I drive! Susan also writes a blog.
The following are some videos of Susan talking about her book.
Update: I’ve finished “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking“ and would highly recommend it to anyone interested. Very insightful book.
*** Book reviews:
* Canadian Business: Book review – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
* Globe and Mail: Giving introverts permission to be themselves
*** Here is a selected list of press mentions from Susan’s post:
The New York Times - In New Office Designs, Room to Roam and to Think
The Asian Age – Why Introverts are Quiet Winners
TheCommentary.ca – Audio Interview / Podcast
The Introvert Entrepreneur – Audio Interview / Podcast
Popsop.com – Sshh Branding: The Quiet Revolution
Danny Hillis of Applied Minds (company) is a really cool and interesting inventor and entrepreneur. Danny was a really good friend of Feynman and worked with him. The following TED talks are quite interesting and insightful.
Danny Hillis: Understanding cancer through proteomics (2011) Hmmm, proteomics looks cool.
* Engadget, “Samsung CES 2012 Press conference“
* CNN/TED Talk, “The man who wants to translate the Web“
I really enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell 2011 TED Talk: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight.
“Technology alone doesn’t solve problems. Social media does not create revolutions. Its a tool. Nothing more or less. Real revolutions are born out of righteous anger and courage and vision. [...] The issue is not how accurate a bomb is. The issue is what to do the bombs you have. And more importantly, whether to use bombs at all. Technological problems are not the hardest part of the future. They are the easiest part. The hard part are the human problems that accompany the rise of technology.” - Malcolm Gladwell at University of Toronto: Malcolm Gladwell, Convocation 2011 Honorary Degree speech video (starts at about time code 6:38)
ref: CNN Jun 17th, 2011 report “Malcolm Gladwell: When technology fails“
P.S. By the way, also check out Videos of Malcolm Gladwell at Cannes Lions 2011.
Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously
Here is a clip of Kathryn talking about her book.
“JR, a French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face. He makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. A funny, moving talk about art and who we are. Learn more at insideoutproject.net [Kempton: JR talks and shows more about the project on the site.]“
An insightful TED Talk “Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat“. Enjoy.
Here is an interesting TED talk: Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness
I’ve admired Clifford Stoll for years since reading his book The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage in the late 80s or early 90s. Without knowing how smart and insightful Stoll is, he may seem a bit of a “mad scientist” in the following video. But for those who pay close attention and listen carefully, look behind the superficial surface, what he said has lots of truth in them. Enjoy.
I am watching TEDxHongKong Live. It is live for the next few hours until 5pm HK time, Tue Aug 31st. (3am MST/Calgary time, Aug 31, 2010).
Update: I watched a good portion of TEDxHongKong and it was really good.
The following a revised edition of my #TEDxHongKong tweets with new comments (in reverse time order, latest first)
- Edward Ng: It is not the physical bridge that is important, it is the spiritual bridge that connects people. #TEDxHK
- Edward Ng: Inspiring bridges building projects to help kids and adults in remote villages. #TEDxHK
- Edward Ng: Temp outside school +40 & -20 outside, don’t need cooling or heating. Cool. #TEDxHK
- Love to see @bengoertzel AGI works in 10-20 years but I am too realistic/pessimistic and don’t expect it to work in the specified time frame. #TEDxHK [Kempton: Check out Ben's main website for more info about him and his research. As someone who has been trained in computer science and actually curious about latest development in AI and AGI, unfortunately I found the speech not as inspiring as I had hoped. I wonder what do the less technical people think about the presentation.]
- Ben Goertzel: Narrow AI (e.g. Chess: Deep Blue) vs AGI (Artificial General Intelligence, Hmmm thinking on its feet AI) #TEDxHK
- Ben Goertzel: 1200 genes diff b/n reg and super flies. 800 genes “related” to human genes #TEDxHK
- Ben Goertzel: Super flies have more sex! :) #TEDxHK
- Ben Goertzel: Super flies have stronger hearts! :) #TEDxHK
- Ben Goertzel: Talk about AI, super flies and possible path to immortality. #TEDxHK
- The Show Choir: Music director Horace Mui has done a wonderful job with the HK kids. Keep up the good work Horace. #TEDxHK
- The Show Choir: http://www.theshowchoir.com/ #TEDxHK
- HK kids singing one of my fav Glee song at #TEDxHK P.S. my Banff interview of Ian Brennan, co-creator/writer of #Glee
- @BASF_Asia Hope you don’t mind me being blunt. Is plastic better described as downcycling instead of recycling? #TEDxHK
- Jane Goodall: … people who tackle impossible problems and they never give up [...] those are the reasons I never give up. #TEDxHK
There is supposed to be a live Feed Tue Aug 31, 2010, 12noon-5pm HK time, so I look forward to check out some of the proceedings (even it will be quite late in Calgary/Canada time, HK is 14 hours ahead of Calgary/MST).
2nd Sept, 2010 Update: Thanks to a kind comment from Bre, I thought I shouldn’t leave the following cool video link just in the comment, so I am attaching the following TEDxNASA presentation by Dennis Hong here for those that are interested in robotics.