The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference has begun placing talks and performances online, with around 100 available now. If you’re unfamiliar with the conference, the organizers describe it as bringing “together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).” While I might add, “and some who fancy themselves the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers,” that would be a bit too cynical.
Despite an occasional speaker who seems to have been invited on the basis of celebrity rather than content, the fact is that placing these talks online has created an incredible treasure chest of good “stuff.” Stuff is not very descriptive, but I don’t know what else to use. The videos range from talks on nature to talks on neurology to amazing performances, and my guess is that nearly every one is worth watching. Take a look, but be prepared to lose some serious time out of your day. As a sample, below is slam poet Rives, telling us what he would do if he were in charge of the Internet.