Monday, May 5, 2008

TED: Brilliance Uncorked

TED Ideas worth spreadingThere is an amazing exchange of brilliant ideas taking place in Monterey, Cali every year. It's a conference called TED, short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. What goes on at these meetings of uber-inventive minds are presentations on any number of substantial topics.

It was started in 1984 as a way to converge the aforementioned disciplines and has morphed into an open exchange of groundbreaking ideas covering a wide range heady topics.

TED's organizers pride themselves on the conference's openness. The talks, given by an eclectic array of presenters, are filmed and uploaded; from veteran researchers, such as Jane Goodall, to newer scientists like Johnny Lee, who gained exposure exclusively through Youtube, they all have something outstanding to convey, and only 18 minutes to do it.

Every video is available for free and is released under the Creative Common license, so the brilliance is easily disseminated.

Do your synapses a favor and mosey on over to their site. Just make sure your schedule is clear for, oh say, the next couple days. Yeah it's that engrossing.