What's your favourite TED talk?

Over the past couple of years I have watched the occasional TED talk, and over time I have come to realise just how much I have picked up from them. Although I tend to pick talks based on recommendations from others I am yet to listen to a single TED talk that I haven’t found interesting, and given their short length they’re brilliant for filling up empty time during the day.

For those who don’t know what TED is, here’s the main paragraph from their About page.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences – the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer – TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
In short, it is a conference held in several locations worldwide that look to bring together bright minds and original ideas from some of the leading figures in technology, entertainment and design, although this is no restriction to the kind of people they’ve had.

So, what are your favourite TED talks? Here is a small list of my favourites.

TED talk by Pranav Mistry is the best and my favourite one. What a theme of gesture recognition Its wonderful.I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks to him for his thinking.

Oh god, I’ve seen so many fantastic ones I can’t even remember. Didn’t know they did an Edinburgh one, may have to try and go at some point. But I agree, everything on there is interesting!

Although I have this one as an mp3 and have listened many many times. Utterly fantastic:

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything | Video on TED.com

Only a few days before he died as well :frowning:

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics This one is my favorite of the ones I’ve seen.

After watching David Blaine’s talk I held my breath for 1:59. I’m coming for your record David :slight_smile:

Oh god, I’ve seen so many fantastic ones I can’t even remember.

Can I confess that I have never watched any of those? I simply didn’t know that this existed… shame on me! :smiley:

Well, you’d better start saving now. The going price this year is around $6000.

Also, as a note to everyone suggesting good ones to watch, please try to attach a link! It’s not hard to find them on Google and from there it’s a quick copy/paste job. Thank you!

Ouch, maybe not then!

I liked the TED talk that Bill Gates gave about making nuclear energy safer and more efficient. The plan he discussed would’ve gotten rid of the problem of nuclear waste almost entirely, and would’ve yielded much higher amounts of energy from the same amount of uranium currently used.

I’ve saw one segment by Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) which I enjoyed:

Adam Savage’s obsessions | Video on TED.com

He’s also given a number of talks at other venues which were also quite interesting.

My bf kinda forced me to watch this one:
neauroligst Jill Taylor experiences nirvana after right side of brain ceases to function.
It’s the only TED talk I watched…

The only TED I’ve watched was the LXD Performs on stage… hehehe

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!) | Video on TED.com

Definitely.

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Well, you’d better start saving now. The going price this year is around $6000.

You also have to be l33t enough to get invited too, apparently. So start saving your Awesome Points as well, cause you’ll need more than 6000 of those.[/ot]

I like the one about ants

Deborah Gordon digs ants | Video on TED.com

This talk is the one that made me find out about him. I have both his books now and almost shelled out $500+ to see him talk in Atlanta for a few days

My favorite TED talk is when brain scientist Jill Taylor describe her stroke.
Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight | Video on TED.com

Wow! thats my fav one tooo :smiley: