In the quest to build a better battery

Friday, 14 December, 2018

I’ve always love and curious about battery technologies. CBC News has this interesting news article, “In the quest to build a better battery, a Canadian is energizing the field“. Will see how things pan out in the coming years with Canadian Don Sadoway, a professor of materials chemistry at MIT. (Prof. Sadoway “did both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Toronto, receiving his PhD in 1977”.)

2012 Ted Talk Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

2015 World Economic Forum, Unlocking Renewables | Donald Sadoway

TED & related Talks (Some of my favourites)

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013

Here are 7+ hours of TED & related Talks (20+ videos in total). Enjoy.

TED & TEDx talk videos – My baker’s dozen of favourite videos

Saturday, 24 November, 2012

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):

#1 tweet) In no specific order: #TED Malcolm Gladwell, UT alum & best selling author’s Choice, happiness & spaghetti sauce is great

#2 tweet) #TED Malcolm Gladwell‘s “The strange tale of the Norden bombsight” talk is better but unloved because of the harsh message

#3 tweet) A great #TEDxCaltech talk on Richard Feynman by Leonard Susskind. If u never heard of Nobel Prize winning funny man physicist Feynman, try this, you may start to love him.

#4 tweet) #TED Susan Cain is so cool & insightful. Here “The power of introverts” is a must watch for fellow introverts (me INTJ) Read the rest of this entry »

Susan Cain videos – Quiet: The Power Of Introverts

Saturday, 31 March, 2012

Susan Cain - Quiet - The Power Of Introverts

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.

Leading@Google: Susan Cain

The Secret Power Of Introverts: A Quiet Revolution

The power of introverts – Susan Cain’s TED Talk

Techcrunch, Keen On… Susan Cain

*** 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

* Guardian, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – review

*** Here is a selected list of press mentions from Susan’s post:

CNN – Introverts Run the World — Quietly

The New York Times – In New Office Designs, Room to Roam and to Think

The Asian Age – Why Introverts are Quiet Winners

CTV News – Interview: Loud Society Fails to Capitalize on Introverts – Audio Interview / Podcast

The Introvert Entrepreneur – Audio Interview / Podcast

MSNBC – Video interview on The Dylan Ratigan Show

WNYC – Audio Interview on The Leonard Lopate Show

Vancouver Sun – Hate Networking?  Introvert Business Leaders as Good or Better than Extroverts – Sshh Branding: The Quiet Revolution

Danny Hillis TED Talk old and new

Sunday, 5 February, 2012

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: Back to the future (of 1994)

Danny Hillis: Understanding cancer through proteomics (2011) Hmmm, proteomics looks cool.

News – Samsung CES 2012, Web translation, Hacked emails, Best doc Oscar, Wipeout Copyright Lawsuit

Monday, 9 January, 2012

* Engadget, “Samsung CES 2012 Press conference

* CNN/TED Talk, “The man who wants to translate the Web

The man who wants to translate the Web

* Bruce Schneier, “The TSA Proves its Own Irrelevance” (TSA gov blog, “TSA Top 10 Good Catches of 2011“)

* Guardian, “Hackers expose defence and intelligence officials in US and UK – Security breach by ‘hacktivists’ reveals email addresses of 221 British military staff and 242 Nato officials

* Indiewire, “Michael Moore: Best Documentary Oscar Will Be Chosen By the Full Academy

* THR, “ABC, Endemol Settle ‘Wipeout’ Copyright Lawsuit With Japanese Broadcaster

Malcolm Gladwell 2011 TED Talk: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight

Saturday, 5 November, 2011

I really enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell 2011 TED Talk: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight.

Have a look of the first iteration of this talk delivered at University of Toronto. Plus my previous addition to my list of Quotes I Love and Quotes I Love (videos).

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.

Printing a human kidney using a 3D Printer

Saturday, 27 August, 2011

TED Talk: Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney This is very cool. Highly recommended. [HT Andrew Mirasol]

TED Talk: Taking imagination seriously

Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously

TED Talk: On being wrong – Kathryn Schulz

Sunday, 15 May, 2011

Very interesting talk. TED Talk: On being wrong – Kathryn Schulz [HT CNN]

Here is a clip of Kathryn talking about her book.

Kathryn Schulz, author of BEING WRONG: Adventures in the Margin of Error

Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice – TED Talk

Sunday, 17 April, 2011

Have a watch of Roger Ebert‘s TED Talk: Remaking my voice (with help from Roger’s wife and his friends).

Ai Weiwei detained. Here is his TED film

Sunday, 10 April, 2011

Ai Weiwei detained. Here is his TED film.

Use art to turn the world inside out

Tuesday, 8 March, 2011

JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

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 [Kempton: JR talks and shows more about the project on the site.]

Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat

Sunday, 20 February, 2011

An insightful TED Talk “Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat“. Enjoy.

Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness

Friday, 1 October, 2010

Here is an interesting TED talk: Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness

Check out Benoit Mandelbrot on Wikipedia and his TED bio and talk transcript.

Mechai Viravaidya – Mr. Condom

Monday, 20 September, 2010

Watched a great presentation by Mechai Viravaidya this morning at TEDxChange. Found this older but interesting video. Check it out.

[HT Gates Foundation’s blog entry Mechai Viravaidya: Condoms and Creativity]

TEDxShanghai is Live online tonight (Sept 4, 8pm MST/Calgary time, Sept 5th, 10am Shanghai/HK time)

Saturday, 4 September, 2010

TEDxShanghai is Live online tonight (Sept 4, 8pm MST/Calgary time, Sept 5th, 10am Shanghai/HK time). I will try to watch some of it for sure. Here is TEDxShanghai 2010 list of speakers, the topics look interesting. Will see.

Clifford Stoll: 18 minutes with an agile mind

Friday, 3 September, 2010

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.

Clifford Stoll: 18 minutes with an agile mind

TEDxHongKong was a success

Monday, 30 August, 2010

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)

– Truly admire what Edward Ng has done to help the villagers and change & shape the minds of his students. #TEDxHK (check out his Bridge to China project)

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

Edward Ng: Talking about the Bridge to China project #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: #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

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TEDxHongKong (Aug 31, 2010)

Sunday, 29 August, 2010

Update: I watched a good part of the TEDxHongKong live feed, check this article TEDxHongKong was a success.


Check out TEDxHongKong list of speakers.

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).

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