'Five Key TED Talks' you must see
Editor - CoolAvenues | January 07,2013 04:25 pm IST
The New Yorker has compiled a list of Five Key TED Talks one must see. From over hundreds of TED Talks delivered so far, NY listed top five that received huge applause from live audience and did rounds on the internet after they were made avaliable online.
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), minted by private non-profit Sapling Foundation, is a global set of conferences formed to disseminate 'ideas worth spreading.' Started as a one-off event in 1984, TEDs annual conference began in 1990 in Monterey, California having early emphasis on technology and design, consistent with its origins in the Silicon Valley. The events are now held in Long Beach and Palm Springs in the U.S. and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks.
TED Talks addresses a wide range of topics from research to practice of science and culture. Speakers are allowed a maximum time of 18 minutes to disseminate their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Eminent presenters in the past include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, educator Salman Khan, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson is TED's current curator.
TEDx: TED grants licenses to third parties to organize independent TEDx events internationally. The licenses are free but franchisees are vetted by TED and events are subject to conditions. Speakers are not paid and they must agree to give TED the right to edit and distribute their presentation. As of 2012, more than 16000 talks have been given at more than 3,200 TEDx events in more than 130 countries.
The New Yorker has listed following as Five Key TED Talks
1.The TED Moment: Bryan Stevenson on Incarceration and Injustice
At TEDs flagship conference, in Long Beach, California, Bryan Stevenson, of Equal Justice Initiative, delivered his first ever TED talk. Stevenson touched an issue of national concern of hidden prejudices and injustices of America legal procedure through a series of personal stories, giving the issue an emotional valence.
2.The Next Big Thing: Jeff Han Demonstrates Multi-Touch Technology
In February, 2006, a year before the first appearance of Apples iPhone, Jeff Han, an N.Y.U. researcher, demonstrated multi-touch technology on TEDs stage. For the crowd in Monterey, California, where the conference was then held, and for Web viewers later that year, the interface was a revelation.
3.The Theatrical Polish: Susan Cain on Introversion
Susan Cain published her first book on introverts when she took first time to TEDs stage. She had little background in public speaking, thus she worked with an acting coach, Jim Fyfe, to polish her stage style. Cains dbut on the TED stage had an exceptional response, getting thousands of viral views on its first day online.
4.The Breakthrough: Jill Bolte Taylor on Her Stroke
In narrating a stroke that afflicted her left hemisphere, Jill Bolte Taylor establishes her ample intellectual credentials and then describes breaking beyond them. In the last part of the 2008 talk, Taylor allowed emotion to overtake her, describing the beauty of a world unmarred by analytical intelligence. Her analytically trained audience ate it up.
5.Thinking about Thinking: Sir Ken Robinson on Education
In this 2006 TED lecture, Sir Ken Robinson fires a shot over the bow of modern public education, suggesting that schooling is, basically, set up to guide students toward becoming university professors. As a result, he argued, theyre led away from their natural creative impulses.