Enter the Vortex of Vibrating TEDnergy

The next time your Dean starts giving you a hard time because you’ve never given a TEDx talk, just have them watch this.

To be honest, I think this talk justifies and redeems the entire TED brand.

Written by Kieran

June 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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  1. Is it normal for TED talks to have background music?


    brayden king

    June 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  2. If he wants me to save the world, he’s going to have to give me a simpler understanding of this tool.


    Jenn Lena

    June 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  3. Pretty cool performance art


    Michael F. Martin

    June 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm

  4. pretty cool, but his talk seemed a bit hubristic. i know he’s making a pitch, but still – “save the whole world!!!” comes off a bit wrong for me.

    also, notice that he jumps from the impressive graphics to the actual application – which is still cool but which he admits himself is still in a “primitive stage.” (a metal ball rolling around some kind of cup, which is pretty cool, still, I’ll admit)

    application is quite hard. so sure, lets invest some more in this, but lets not have any delusions about how this will fix everything anytime soon. or that it’ll live up to its supposed potential.



    June 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  5. Andy, you do know that this presentation is completely batshit crazy, right?



    June 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  6. I don’t see why “saving the whole world” is so hubristic. I mean c’mon, he’s got a perpetual motion machine that can cure all diseases. He’s truly speaking the language of god.


    Charles Seguin

    June 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  7. the key is…. numbers! brilliant. absolutely brilliant.



    June 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  8. Since you mention it, you should see Chris Anderson’s response to that story:

    I read his response as basically confirming the facts.


    Michael F. Martin

    June 2, 2012 at 12:46 am

  9. So glad you posted this, Kieran! I have been wanting to follow up on the 2010 discussion of TED here:

    because there has been so much more criticism of TED recently in the popular press, like this piece by Megan Garber:

    Which was immediately followed by winning a Peabody award, of course.

    Regarding the censorship controversy, in our earlier discussion, we were talking about a now-forgotten Sarah Silverman kerfuffle. Idea Worth Spreading: Will some enterprising grad student PLEASE write a dissertation about TED?



    June 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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  12. Nathan Heller has a piece in this week’s New Yorker (July 9th) on TED Talks:



    July 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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