We all have a favorite TED Talk that makes us feel ready to take over the world after 18 minutes.  The mission of the TED organization is spreading ideas in the form of these inspirational talks, and the TED YouTube channel has a total of 81,304 videos to choose from. A business-savvy IT professional such as yourself has too much on your plate to sift through this endless array of videos. So we did it for you, and before long we identified the top 5 Ted Talks that every tech enthusiast must watch.

TED Talks


#1 Ray Kurzweil: The Accelerating Power of Technology

In this riveting Ted Talk, inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kuzweil explains why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

These things are possible because, Kusweil says, our technology expands in an exponential pattern, rather than a linear pattern like commonly thought.

Scary cool, right? We thought so too.


#2 Jason Pontin: Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems?

When Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon in 1969, it seemed like the opportunities available with technology were endless. But what has happened to our future?

“It feels as if technologists have diverted us and enriched themselves with trivial toys like iPhones and apps, and social media,” said Pontin in this intriguing Ted Talk.

Learn why technology isn’t effectively solving the big problems we have today…and what that could mean for our future.


#3 Kenneth Cukier: Big Data is Better Data

Big data: we’ve all heard it, and we are probably all sick of hearing it. But what is the big deal about big data?

“Big data is going to transform how we live, how we work and how we think. It is going to help us manage our careers and lead lives of satisfaction and hope and happiness and health.”

In this thrilling talk, Cukier looks at what’s next for machine learning – and human knowledge.


#4 David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization

“If you ask the right kind of question in the right kind of way, interesting things can emerge.”

We are all suffering from information overload, but when we come across a beautiful graphics or lovely visualization, it is a relief, says data-journalist-turned-designer David McCandless.

See how McCandless turns complex data sheets into beautiful, simple diagrams in this TED Talk.

#5 Margaret Gould Stewart: How Giant Websites Design For You

“What do you think of when I say design?” asks Margaret Gould Stewart, Director of Product Design at Facebook.

Learn what it means to design for such a large scale audience, and how the smallest difference can cause global outrage or create a positive improvement in this fascinating talk.

 


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