1. Abe Davis – New Video Technology that Reveals An Object’s Hidden Properties
Subtle motion happens around us all the time, including tiny vibrations caused by sound. Abe Davis shows how a simple video can tell an amazing story.
2. Tony Fadell – The First Secret of Design is … Noticing
As human beings, we get used to “the way things are” really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity. Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing — and driving — change.
3. Fei-Fei Li – How We’re Teaching Computers to Understand Pictures
A fascinating talk on how difficult it really is for a computer to process and image and the impact that technology will have on society.
“Our society is more technologically advanced than ever. We send people to the moon, we make phones that talk to us or customize radio stations that can play only music we like. Yet, our most advanced machines and computers still struggle at this task. So I’m here today to give you a progress report on the latest advances in our research in computer vision, one of the most frontier and potentially revolutionary technologies in computer science.”
4. Lorrie Faith Cranor – What’s Wrong With Your Pa$$word?
A great video on something that affects all of us daily, our passwords. Sometimes the most frustrating part of your day, changing that password or remembering what you changed it to can be a job on its’ own. Still in the never ending battle of your online security.
5. Jinha Lee – Reach Into The Computer and Grab a Pixel
This talk it right out of Tony Stark’s laboratory. Described as a “gasp inducing” talk, you’re going to see what the future holds for how we interact and create 3D objects.
6. Sergey Brin – Why Google Glass?
Sergey Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers — not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.
7. David Pogue – 10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips
Just a short five minute video that you’re sure to take away a few tricks that will help you navigate the internet a little more efficiently.
8. Miguel Nicolelis – A Monkey That Controls a Robot With Its Thoughts. No, Really.
And that’s exactly what we did 10 years ago. We started with a superstar monkey called Aurora that became one of the superstars of this field. And Aurora liked to play video games. As you can see here, she likes to use a joystick, like any one of us, any of our kids, to play this game. And as a good primate, she even tries to cheat before she gets the right answer. So even before a target appears that she’s supposed to cross with the cursor that she’s controlling with this joystick, Aurora is trying to find the target, no matter where it is. And if she’s doing that, because every time she crosses that target with the little cursor, she gets a drop of Brazilian orange juice. And I can tell you, any monkey will do anything for you if you get a little drop of Brazilian orange juice. Actually any primate will do that. Think about that.
9. Mitch Resnick – Let’s Teach Kids To Code
This is what the future of education holds, making kids a part of the class. An inspiring story of what kids can do to gain a new skill in the classroom, as it turns out, a very lucrative skill, Coding.
“In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them.”
10. Pranav Mistry – The Thrilling Potential of Sixthsense Technology
In this Ted classic, Pranav shows the future of “Sixthsense technology”.
But the most interesting thing about this particular technology is that you can carry your digital world with you wherever you go. You can start using any surface, any wall around you, as an interface. The camera is actually tracking all your gestures. Whatever you’re doing with your hands, it’s understanding that gesture.