TED has something to say to YOU
Before you flick back to Facebook, let me introduce you to a corner of the internet that will totally blow your mind each and every time and kill that time till it’s deaded.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and the catch-line is “Ideas worth spreading.” On that, they more than deliver with their TED talks, video conferences of the world’s greatest minds and artists breaking down the glory of what they do in 18 minutes or less.
Bill Clinton, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, and the founders of Google are few among many who have given the talk.
This guy, for example, is building empathetic robots.
TED is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 in California, but the first annual conference wasn’t held until 1990. These days, TED conferences are held in Europe and Asia, too, and volunteers transcribe the talks into 50 languages.
Not just anyone can stumble into a TED lecture hall. In 2006, the event was by invitation only, and audience members still had to pay a ticket price of $4,400. Since 2007, there’s simply an annual membership fee of $6,000, which buys you into any TED events you want to see, plus some goodie-bag type stuff. Maybe a t-shirt.
At the end of the year, TED awards that money to three better-than-you individuals to help them achieve their “wish to change the world,” which leads to a global initiative to feed the world, or even better, blanket it in free wi-fi. That’s my dream TED, where is my $100,000?
Anyway, the best part is: you don’t have to be a millionaire-inventor who changed the world to watch the best lectures, TED uploads them all free to their Web site so the ideas can spread. I promise, watching them is the best way to impress people at the next party you go to, provided they’re not too wasted to get what you’re talking about.