FrontPoint Picks: 30 Years of TED

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TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas. It began in 1984 as a conference for thought-leaders to share ideas about Technology, Entertainment and Design. It has since evolved and has emerged as a leader in the sharing of ideas on a variety of fields – from science to business to global issues.

This year’s TED Conference, held March 17-21, was the organization’s 30th anniversary. I’m a huge fan of TED – especially the talks, ideas and inventions associated with technology – so I wanted to share some of my favorite moments from the last few years of TED, including a few talks from this year’s conference. Enjoy!

SixthSense Technology

In this demo from 2009, Pranav Mistry presented to the world a revolutionary technology in the form of SixthSense. Mistry showed the SixthSense’s powerful ability to seamlessly combine the real world with the digital world.

The Power of Quadcopters

Quadcopters are gaining popularity in popular culture and many are available at relatively cheap prices. However, these are not nearly as advanced as the quadcopters that Raffaello D’Andrea displays here. Maybe this is how the idea of Amazon Air began…

10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips

Tech columnist David Pogue brings up a good point: the public is expected to know how to use all new technologies without any real instruction. And as a result, there are many little tips and tricks that they miss. Pogue is here to save the day as he shares 10 simple time-saving tips for the computer, phone and camera.

Where’s Google Going Next?

Whether you’re a Google user or not, there’s no denying that the company is the poster-child of innovation, technology and futuristic vision. We already know about their acquisition of Nest and their investment in the future of smart homes, but where are they headed next? Get the answers from the CEO himself: Larry Page.

How We Take Back the Internet

Internet freedom is a hot topic right now, due in no small part to Edward Snowden — the whistleblower responsible for leaking thousands of classified American National Security Agency documents. Snowden appeared via telerobot at TED 2014, and in this talk he discussed the issues of surveillance and online freedom. Subsequently, the NSA responded quickly.

Bonus – What Will Blow Our Minds in the Next 30 Years? This is a fun little extra I came across that’s all about predictions. The neat video shows some of predictions made from the past 30 years at TED conferences, and it’s crazy how many of them came true! They also asked many of the attendees and speakers at TED 2014 to predict what they thought would be changes in the next 30 years.

 

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