TED, which means “Technology Entertainment Design”, is a yearly ideas conference, covering all manner of important (and not so important) topics. The theme is “ideas worth spreading”. Basically, a bunch of the world’s geniuses and idea-people come and give 20-minute (max) talks, on all manner of topics, often targeting what to do about global issues, how to do things better, or just showcasing interesting things that people are working on.
Whatever the topic, it makes an absolutely fantastic replacement for your “not knowing what to do” time, and I guess bored TV-viewing. The reality of being able to watch things like TED is part of why 100% of my anything-viewing nowadays is done via the internet. You have the ability to filter out the brainless, and immerse in all that is important and meaningful.
(I think TED Talks should be a subject in school. The world just can’t afford anymore slacking around, nor people having no vision of where humanity should head, thus resigning themselves to many of the same empty ideas of generations past. Anyone who follows this forward thinking with enthusiasm will become a dedicated futurist, and be stoked on life.)
Here are some of my favorite talks:
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