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  •  Am I the only one (3+ / 0-)

    who doesn't know what TED actually stands for?

    into the blue again, after the money's gone

    by Prof Haley on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:55:46 AM PDT

    •  I think it was named after a stuffed bear. (0+ / 0-)

      Technology, Entertainment, Design.

      The more you learn the less you know.

      by quiet in NC on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 12:36:28 PM PDT

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    •  TED. (0+ / 0-)

      As a computer programmer, I know a lot about making computers do things.  I can provide an efficient path to a solution, reduce tedius or unnecisarily time consuming work, etc.  Because my particular education was in the engineering style of computer programming and architecure training, I like to broaden my technical horizons when I can and really try to solve problems for the world even if they are not specific to computer science.

      Anyway, I could go on about that but he point is not what I can do, it is what I can't.  There are limits on what I know, and precious few limits on what I don't know, and these things flavor my work.  The TED talks are in general not about specific topics in Technology, Entertainment, and Design; they are about the intersection of Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  Reaching out into fields that are not ones own and bringing a broad cross disciplinary approach to probling solving leads to some of the most beautiful and unusual ideas around.  That's why I love watching TED talks whether I agree with them or not.

      Whether one agrees with this speaker or not, this was a narrow topic with a specific point of view so I am not surprised that it is not highlighted as a focus of the TED talks.  It's simply not the kind of broad outside the box thinking that TED is focused on, even if it is absolutely true.

      “In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.” - Fran Lebowitz

      by Aramis Wyler on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:59:04 PM PDT

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      •  seen the ted talk about washing your hands? (0+ / 0-)

        Have you seen the ted talk about washing your hands?  The point was that we could save paper towels if we shook the water off our hands first.  This was front-paged at ted.

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